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The BlackBerry Passport is set to be fully unveiled in September, 2014 at a launch event to be held in London. The device will feature a physical keyboard, a 4.5" 1440x1440 LCD display and a 3450mAh battery. The rumored capacitive touch keyboard will allow users to perform gestures on the actual keys — for deleting words, predictive text or scrolling the browser, for example. Inside the Passport is 3GB RAM with Adreno 330 OpenGL and quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974 processor.
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If you live in Germany and are looking to be among the first to own a BlackBerry Passport, you'll want to hit up the Media Markt site and place your pre-order. Europe's largest retailer of consumer electronics has priced the device at €599 Euros at this point which includes VAT, though the site lacks details on when it's actually expected to ship after pre-orders have been placed.Continue Reading →
Marketing. It's a key thing to do when you're looking to sell smartphones and if you're a BlackBerry fan, there's a pretty good chance you've found yourself wondering why BlackBerry doesn't do more of it, especially when it comes time to launch a new device. The BlackBerry Passport launch is just around the corner and once again, many folks were wondering whether or not BlackBerry would drive any marketing for the device in order to help sell it.
The answer to that? Well, after today that certainly appears to be the case. After having set up their initial registration page inviting potential buyers to register for more info about the BlackBerry Passport through social media and email, BlackBerry has now taken out a full page newspaper ad throughout Canada that not only invites readers to learn more about the BlackBerry Passport but it also serves as a message that BlackBerry is back and they mean business.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry is being a little coy in their announcement but with the tag line 'See the bigger picture' it can only really mean one thing. We have launch party and announcements coming for the BlackBerry Passport.
On September 24, all eyes will be on BlackBerry as we host exclusive, invite-only events in Toronto, London and Dubai to show off… well I guess you'll have to wait and see.
You're not fooling us BlackBerry. We've been waiting for months now for this announcement. Needless to say, we'll be coming to you from the event in Toronto (and probably London) so mark your calendars, save the date and we'll be bringing you more soon.Continue Reading →
Earlier on this week we asked the question if you would like to see a BlackBerry Passport without a physical keyboard. With the two next BlackBerry 10 smartphones that we know about sporting a hardware keyboard, whether we will see another all touch flagship model anytime soon remains up in the air.
Although the current flagship device, the BlackBerry Z30, is an all touch smartphone, BlackBerry are going back to their roots with the Passport and the Classic, although the Passport clearly has some new funky technology built into its keyboard.Continue Reading →
When it comes to the full specs of the BlackBerry Passport, from everything we know thus far BlackBerry loaded the device up. When it finally gets released, it will have better specs than any previous BlackBerry released. With that in mind though, it seems BlackBerry may have held back just a tiny bit for now when it comes to the video recording capabilities of the device.Continue Reading →
The launch of the BlackBerry Passport, sporting BlackBerry 10.3, is inching closer every day and it's pretty safe to say that not only us guys & girls here at CrackBerry are excited, but the rest of the smartphone market is too. Or maybe more curious, than excited. Either way it's all good.Continue Reading →
It would seem as though the floodgates have REALLY opened up on the BlackBerry Passport and the device is popping up all over the place. This time around, to go along with the typical photos of the device, mobilenet.cz has given the BlackBerry Passport a look in a 28 minute long video, along with putting its camera and video camera to the test.Continue Reading →
I know. By now, I'm sure a lot of folks out there are kind of over seeing just photos of the BlackBerry Passport, and would really rather just head on into a shop and pick one up. Alas, we still have a bit of time before that can happen. With that in mind, it seems as though the Passport just can't evade the cameras any longer and each day that passes a new set of photos appears or someone gets an early hands-on with the device, and today is no different.Continue Reading →
For the most part, the BlackBerry Passport specs such as the processor, internal storage, display and RAM were put out there fairly early but there was a few little bits that remained still unknown. A new spec sheet has been posted up and it covers all of the 'other stuff' folks were wondering about such as the full Wi-Fi and Bluetooth profiles supported, port connectivity and more. If you dig the finer details, this should cover mostly everything remaining that you would need to know.Continue Reading →
Over the past few weeks now we've received several tips surrounding the list of Canadian carriers who are suggested to be releasing the BlackBerry Passport. It's comprised of all the usual suspects such as Bell, Rogers, and TELUS but unlike some previous device releases, everything surrounding the Passport has been rather hush-hush and the tips have never come along with the typical 'proof' people have come to expect.Continue Reading →
UPDATE - And just like that, Carphone Warehouse pulled the video. Guess they weren't really ready to give us a sneak peek. But hey, we found another copy because that's just how the internet works. ;)
Good news for BlackBerry fans in the UK that are awaiting the official launch of the Passport. It looks a sure fire thing that online & high street retailer Carphone Warehouse will be offering the new flagship BlackBerry 10 device as they have released the above video on their YouTube channel.Continue Reading →
While its all been rather hush-hush when it comes to carriers who might be offering the BlackBerry Passport, it's looking as though Vodafone Germany is among the first to break the silence on the matter. Over at the Vodafone Germany forums, when questioned whether or not the carrier would eventually be offering the Passport, a forums moderator looked into the matter and came with the reply that they would indeed be making the device available to customers with an expected release of October but no pricing details were noted.Continue Reading →
For once BlackBerry seems to be getting some all-round good media coverage leading up to the launch of the company's new flagship device - the BlackBerry Passport.
From a previous poll we ran a while back it seems that CrackBerry readers are very much more interested in the Passport than they are the Classic. Now, all being well (crosses fingers) we'll have our Passport review up around the time the device goes on sale. But I wanted to ask the question if you were planning to order the Passport based on just what you have seen so far?Continue Reading →
As I'm sure most folks know, smartphones have to go through several certifications before release and the GCF is most certainly among them. After landing at the FCC earlier the BlackBerry Passport has now been certified by the GCF.
What does it mean? Mostly that things are moving along behind the scenes for the BlackBerry Passport and everything seems to be on schedule for the noted September launch and eventual release.Continue Reading →
For regular CrackBerry readers you'll have more than likely noticed that I've been using the BlackBerry Q10 as my primary device for quite some time. Sure, I switched over to the Z30 when it was released but I soon missed my physical keyboard, so I went back the Q10 and I then just used the Z30 as my second device - mainly for app and game reviews.
Considering the BlackBerry Passport has a hardware keyboard as well, you may think I've lost my plot in going back to the Z30 but there is method in my madness. It's not a size thing and it has nothing to do with using the best internal hardware that BlackBerry currently has to offer.Continue Reading →
If you're waiting for the BlackBerry Passport to arrive, you can take a small bit of satisfaction in knowing the latest BlackBerry 10 device from BlackBerry is now one step closer to release. It looks as though the BlackBerry Passport has arrived and passed through the FCC. Although the internal and external photos are still under the confidentiality agreement, the label is a dead ringer for the Passport and the model number matches up as well. There's not a whole lot of info to be gleaned from the listing but it does show some of the supported bands and services for the device.
Mobile phone with GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900, WCDMA/HSPA FDD 2, 4, 5, LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 13, 17, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC, FM Radio and GPS.
That's a lot of North American bands supported including AT&T, Rogers and I believe T-Mobile. However, as we know from the release of the BlackBerry Z30 that doesn't always mean the carriers will pick the device up for sale. We'll just have to wait and see which carriers the Passport ends up on. Interesting note, the confidentiality agreement ends on Sept 12th, 2014.Continue Reading →
By now, most folks have heard of BlackBerry Blend. It has leaked out in so many ways now, I lost track. It's in BlackBerry OS builds, presented itself in Power Point presentations, it's even preloaded in the new BlackBerry 10.3 out of box set-up files and the icon is present on official images of the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic and still, BlackBerry refuses to confirm its existence outside of a few Enterprise events where folks have seen it behind closed doors or otherwise in private.Continue Reading →
Just as we've seen with previous device releases, BlackBerry has now started sending out emails to developers to let them know if they have a BlackBerry Q10 app in BlackBerry World, that app will automatically be listed as compatible for the upcoming BlackBerry Passport.
Developers have the option of just allowing it to go through or if they feel as though testing on the app should be done before it gets marked as 'Passport ready' they can opt out of the automated process and test their apps to ensure compatibility.
The BlackBerry® Passport will soon join the smartphone product line as one of BlackBerry's most recent innovations. The unique square design features a 1440 x 1440 screen resolution, 1:1 aspect ratio and will support BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.
As the release of the BlackBerry Passport approaches, we want to ensure that your apps will be part of the new product launch. To test your existing apps for BlackBerry Passport support, download the gold release of the BlackBerry 10.3 Developer Preview OS. Simulators, SDKs and information to get you started can also be found at this link. The great news for you is that most apps that offer support for BlackBerry Q10 will also function seamlessly on the new smartphone.
For your convenience, we will be automatically expanding your device support to include the BlackBerry Passport for your apps that currently support the BlackBerry Q10.
In the unlikely event that you do not want to support the BlackBerry Passport, you can easily opt-out of this offer by clicking the link below and following the onscreen instructions.
If you're a developer and missed the email, the deadline for opting out is Friday August 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern. You can head on over to the BlackBerry Developer website to opt out if you wish. For everyone else, this brings us all one step closer to BlackBerry Passport availability. Huzzah!Continue Reading →
Looks like the folks over at Phone Arena scored a little bit of hands-on with the BlackBerry Passport, though it seems as maybe they weren't supposed to as of yet. The article they had up that went along with the video has since been removed but the video remains posted to their YouTube channel for everyone to see.
In the video, we get a closer look at the Passport's touch sensitive keyboard as well as the new active frames on the device, which thus far have only been seen in images but never running on a real device. Have a look, maybe with the volume off because whoever did the overview well, didn't do such a great job of explaining it all. He was likely caught off guard and pressed for info, but he has a BlackBerry Passport and most of us don't, so he still wins.Continue Reading →
Ever since BlackBerry CEO John Chen unveiled the BlackBerry Passport, there has been a lot of noise made surrounding its size, shape and design. None of that has really fazed BlackBerry and they've been going through the process of explaining why they designed it the way they did for anyone who wants to know more and is excited for the Passport arrival.Continue Reading →
Now that the white BlackBerry Passport is out there for all to see, next up is some accessories. BlackBerry CEO John Chen that noted along with the arrival of the Passport there would also be a wide selection of premium accessories to go along with it and he wasn't kidding around.
I know a lot of you caught that mention and have been waiting to see what accessories would be arriving. Luckily, we just happen to have this image sent in and things are looking pretty awesome. What we have here is the leather flip cover case for the BlackBerry Passport coming in both black and brown.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry has officially unveiled the BlackBerry Passport in white. Sure, we may have gotten to the white Passport first, as they freely admit, but it's still an official confirmation that the most-hotly anticipated BlackBerry of the season will be available in more than just basic black.Continue Reading →
When BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced the BlackBerry Passport, he also made sure to note the device would be arriving in white alongside the standard black. Since then, many folks have been waiting to see the white version and until now, they've been disappointed. The white version has been hard to catch and while many folks like Pootermobile and Dylan Habkirk have created renders of what they think the device might look like, we've managed to grab a shot of what we're pretty positive is the real deal.Continue Reading →
Time flies when you're having fun. That's the old saying right? July 19th marked exactly one month since BlackBerry CEO John Chen pretty much fully unveiled the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic. For the most part, much of the focus has been on the BlackBerry Passport. Considering it's the first of the two new devices out of the gate, there seems to be more of them out there in the wild and its admittedly odd look. Even BlackBerry has run with the hype surrounding the device and has slowly been teasing us with more information each week across the Inside BlackBerry Blog.Continue Reading →