BlackBerry Passport


BlackBerry’s fallen on tough times. Its Z30 and Q10, while sexy in their own right, didn’t even come close to chipping the iPhone and Android’s continued mobile domination.

BlackBerry’s (formerly known as RIM) next smartphone certainly doesn’t look like your typical rectangular slab. Called the Passport, the device has a physical keyboard and what is arguable the strangest screen ratio we’ve seen since the LG Vu.

Right there, front and center, is its 4.5-inch 1:1 ratio display with 1440 x 1440 resolution (453 pixels per inch). Why the odd screen aspect? For better productivity, of course.

In an official blog post, BlackBerry actually explains why the square screen is useful, calling it the “IMAX of productivity.” Basically, you’ll be able to see more vertically and horizontally without compromise.

The Passport will have a 2.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB of internal storage (expandable via a micro SD card slot up to 128GB), 3GB of RAM, and a 13 rear camera with optical image stabilization that can record video at 1080p resolution at 30 fps, and a 3450 mAh battery. And of course, it’ll run BlackBerry 10 OS.

The Passport is available on September 24.

Price: $599 (off contract)
Source: BlackBerry

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