Full BlackBerry Passport spec sheet offers a few new details

By Bla1ze on 22 Aug 2014 01:22 pm EDT
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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.

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.2GHz Quad-Core CPUs (MSM8974-AA), Adreno 330, 450MHz GPU
  • Memory: 3GB LPDDR3 800MHz RAM, 32GB Flash, Hot-swappable MicroSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • Expandable Memory: MicroSD slot located under back cover
  • Display: 4.5" diagonal, 1440 x 1440 resolution, LCD, 453 DPI, 24-bit color depth, 1:1 aspect ratio, RGB pixel arrangement, In-cell touch panel, 10-point multi-touch, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Rear Facing Camera: 13MP Auto-Focus, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 5-element f2.0 lens, Back Side Illumination, LED Flash, 1080p HD video recording at 60fps, 6DOF video stabilization, 5x digital zoom, Continuous & touch to focus, image stabilization
  • Front Facing Camera: 2MP Fixed-Focus, Image & video stabilization, 3x digital zoom, 720p HD video recording
  • Battery: 3450mAH integrated non-removable battery
  • Battery Life (target) BlackBerry Power User Profile: 19 hours usage + 8 hours standby
  • Dedicated Keys: Volume Up/Down, Mute, Lock(Power On/Off)
  • Dimensions: Weight (w/battery) 194.4g (M2), (LxWxD): 128 x 90.3 x 9.3mm (9.6mm at camera location)
  • Headset: 3.5 mm stereo "BlackBird"
  • Notification: Tone, vibrate, on-screen or LED indicator; notification options are user configurable
  • Voice Input/output: Integrated speaker and microphone, Hands-free headset capable, Bluetooth headset capable, Integrated Hands-Free Speakerphone, Stereo
  • Ports and Connectivity: USB 2.0 fully supported with standard microUSB 2.0 cable (included inbox), USB 3.0 client interface supported with custom BlackBerry cable (not included in box), Cabled-Video Out supported with standard SlimPort adaptor (not included in box). SlimPort adaptor cables exist to support the following video protocols: HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort 1.1, DisplayPort 1.2, DVI, NFC, Universal BlackBerry Connector with SlimPort enabled
  • Power Adapter: +5V DC / 1.3A AC power adapter, OMTP Complaint
  • Network: FD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20 (2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/700/700/800 MHz), HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz), Dual Carrier 42M support, Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n for 2.4GHz, 802.11 a/n for 5GHz, 802.11 ac for 5GHz, 4G Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Miracast, IEEE 802.11r, IEEE 802.11k Neighbor Reports, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Server
  • GPS: Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS, Enabled with preloaded BlackBerry Maps application and for e911capabilities, Both User Plane & Control Plane GPS is supported, GLONASS Support, OTDOA
  • Advanced Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Time of Flight (ToF), Ambient light
  • SIM Interface: Nano SIM card (4FF) Supports 1.8V and 3.0V cards
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) with the following profiles - Hands free Profile 1.6 (HFP), Object Push Profile 1.1 (OPP), Phone Book Access Profile 1.1.1 (PBAP) Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP 1.2 / AVRCP 1.5 support), Serial Port Profile 1.1 (SPP), Bluetooth Message Access Profile 1.1 (MAP), Personal Area Network 1.0 (PAN), Remote SIM Access Profile 1.1 (rSAP), Human Interface Device Profile 1.0 (HID), Device ID 1.3, Multi-Profile 1.0 (MPS) [Planned]Low Energy Services, Device Information Service, Immediate Alert Service, Link Loss Service, Tx Power Service, Battery Service, Current Time Service, Next DST Change Service, Low Energy Human Interface Device (HID) [Planned]Bluetooth Radio Specifications, Single band support: ISM 2.4 GHz, Power Class: Bluetooth Class 1, Transmitting and receiving frequency: 2402 to 2480 MHz

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Full BlackBerry Passport spec sheet offers a few new details

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Says so above.

"Display: 4.5" diagonal, 1440 x 1440 resolution, LCD, 453 DPI, 24-bit color depth, 1:1 aspect ratio, RGB pixel arrangement, In-cell touch panel, 10-point multi-touch, Corning Gorilla Glass 3"

We got a offer form this morning to be the "first "to receive the Passport we filled it in and submitted, there was direct purchase or carrier option, so it seems it will be released to carriers.

Posted via CB10

Did it provide a date when it will be shipped? Also, if you don't mind, was it volume/bundle based and what was the offered price - just want to get an idea of the unit price that we could expect. I expect it to be in the neighborhood of $600-$650 for unlocked and $299 on a plan.

No, basic info, no pricing volume, type of management systems in place (i.e. Microsoft active Sync, BES etc) purchase through direct or carrier, really very general info. No pricing or release dates. I suspect very soon though.

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@The_Merov...wow!! that would be the best thing that could happen ,and I hope the deal will be for just a few days so all of us could take the lead and be really happy with the price

Why the LCD screen? Wouldn't a Super AMOLED (like Z30) Use less power and hence extend battery life further???

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They were probably less readily available in that high resolution display they are using on it or were perhaps noticeably more expensive.

I have to agree with you, if this Q10 didn't have S/AMOLED, I would be able to see it in the sun without having to shade it with my hand to even read anything. :(

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

Tried to take a photo on Saturday, a photo of the steel frame on the underside of a house on stilts. As you can imagine, a rather difficult one, phone in the sun, object in the shade and hard to see on the AMOLED Q10.

Photo turned out good and I can see the elements, how it's put together and welded, but taking the photo was a struggle. This is still "winter" here in the tropics, in November/January when we have peak sun it will be even worse. But plan to have Passport by then. :-)

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I don't really get it actually. I live in South Florida. We are pretty much living on the surface of the sun. You really can't get much sunnier than where I live, and I can still see things on my Q10 in the sun light. Sure it's somewhat hard to see, but it's not really impossible or unusable. I can use it just fine outside and be able to read things and everything...

I am in Canada, so somewhat one the surface of a glaciar but I agree... I don't get these son problems

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Not side-by-side, but really, why does it matter? The point is that it doesn't really bother me. Whether or not some other phone will be better at "not bothering" me is pretty irrelevant if the OLED screen has advantages I actually do care about. I care a lot about bettery life, which is great with the Q10, and bar code images on my screen scans 100% reliably. Which is pretty useful actually, since several of my membership cards work by bar code and I've stored an image of them on my phone to leave the cards at home. I tried that with my Bold 9900 with the LCD, and noticed that they scan like some of the times while other times it won't. With the OLED (I'm guessing since the black is really black), it's worked every time so far... And I really do like the ultra contrast with the blacks with this screen compared to the Z10's LCD. (I got my mom a Z10, and used it for a week).

Much sunnier? 8-)

Try North Queensland, I had a bit of a struggle taking a photo on Saturday, see post above. It's still "winter" here...

My Q10 is usually set to about 50% brightness. Might try bumping that up next time.

(No competition here, S Florida is a nice and blessed place, compares to SE Queensland, you're just outside the tropic where you get Zenith / 90•degree peak sun, ...)

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I know it's always fun to try to be the "most" at something, but to be technical here, the area you describe is almost exactly the same distance from the equator as South Florida... So, technically they are about equal in terms of how much sun they get at different times...

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Someone already made appoint in the forum ago about the why super AMOLED wouldn't be ideal for the passport but I don't remember exactly but personally, having used the Q10 and Z10, I think the LCD screen looks much better than the AMOLED so I am happy with this decision.

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Can't stand not being able to see mine in the sunlight.

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@Nemzy...I'm on the golf course most of the time and never had a problem with my Z10,the only problem I can see with the passport is that it won't fit in the cup holder, on my cart,seriously!!

+1 also - side by side the Z10 screen seems 'sharper' than the Z30 despite dpi [or perhaps because of it, I'm not sure], so that's why I didn't get the Z30. If the Passport is more like the Z10 then I'm happy.[ Please correct me if I'm wrong ].

I think it has likely to do with the picture quality from brightness to colour accuracy etc. for the healthcare fields etc. that trumped battery saving issues

Could you point me to the source where it says Slimport supports USB OTG please? Thanks.

Using Z10, wanting Z30, eyeing Windermere

This is CrackBerry. BlackBerry could make a phone out of titanium, launch with 2 million native apps, have 24 core processor, a 4K display and sell it for 50 bucks off contract with $100 cash back... and someone would moan

The melodrama here is crazy

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Only 24 core processors? They should have used 26. That's why BlackBerry lags behind. LOL But you are right.

Trying to find Gorilla Glass 4 and can't find it online anywhere not even on Corning's website. Care to enlighten us?

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No seriously I don't care about nor do a lot of research on "specs " but was curious as to one was complaining (now I know they were being sarcastic) about the type of glass being used. Sooooo, I confess my ignorance. Well now km informed. Lol.

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That would explain why to obtain a new set I also had to buy the rubber arm pieces. So they are definitely unobtianium-able all by themselves.

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Just a made up element. Can be used to describe the reason why somethings are very expensive. The word has been used probably longer than we have all been alive.

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Diamond glass is only avaible via apple under it's "notyetitium" developer program.

But seriously, saphire would be best, but who knows how much a sheet of that would cost.

I don't really know why it's such a big deal...do people not use screen protectors? anti-shatter is one thing, but I could care less about scratches

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Actually I would not be surprised if we see glammed up Passports for the Hollywood types as well as a Porsche branded model down the road so you may be closer to the truth than you intended.

I want mine to have shark repellent, tweezers, and a can opener. Oh, and a native Amazon App so that I can download non-native apps!
(Translation for the hard-of-sarcasm-detection victims: This is the best phone ever and these specs are killer. Go cry in a pillow if you are unhappy about your life but there is no reason to be unhappy about the Passport!)

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I want gorilla glass 2 and BlackBerry uses 3. Come on BlackBerry is awesome.

Using Z10, wanting Z30, eyeing Windermere

It does! I am pretty bummed that it is indeed the snapdragon 800 and not the 2014 flagship 801 processor.

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Fretting over specs to that level is just geek navel gazing: so long as the thing works and works well it could have crickets moving the electrons back and forth.

+1

Because of the time it takes for a design cycle, it's likely impossible to include the 'flagship processor' in a phone that is released within the same year.

Also, not to worry, as it has been shown in several benchmark tests, BB10 OS running on a dual-core has been nearly or equivalently fast as many Androids running on a quad-core. Less bloat. The Passport will have the advantages of OS 10.3 as well as a quad-core.

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Because of the time it takes for a *blackberry design cycle. They take the longest of anyone. I'd take the better power management of the 801 thanks

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Agreed. Besides, it's not about the specs, but how you used them. An android with a 1.5gh And 2gb of ram compared to the same specs in BB10 is nowhere near as smooth. This new processor with 3gb of ram will be a rock star. The 1.7ghz processor in my Z30 still impresses me.

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Not so much speed being the problem, but it's a relatively incremental update that could add quite a bit to battery life

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The empress?

Where's the emperor? Oh, he's left his clothes at home and gone to the beach,... :-)

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The 801 is better efficiency wise, so don't come bawling to me when that 1440x1440 screen is giving you less battery life than you want

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The 800 and 801 are almost the same processor except for a few minor differences that should not make any difference to the end user experience.

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That's what the Android users thought when the chips came out, but it turns about they have some major changes including efficiency. It's definitely not a higher clocked 800 as some would believe

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BlackBerry has really improved the specs of the device in a year. Can't wait to mess around with everything this device has to offer!

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I agree! They've finally realized that they have to compete! Their old strategy of not keeping pace took them from 40%+ market share down to low single digits.

Hopefully the new & improved BlackBerry will thrive!

Probably not big enough a selling point for most people to increase the base cost for those who would want it.

How many different phones does Apple produce in 18 months of BB10 approx. Nothing wrong with my z30 at all. It's fast and it's smooth.

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Does the Passport support USB host mode like the Z30? I didn't find any information about this. Would be nice.

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I'm disappointed that there is no Micro-hdmi and they'll instead use the USB port for that. I like that I can charge and also use Hdmi out on my Q10 at the same time.

Frosty white Q10/10.2.1.3247

Agreed!! Although perhaps with that battery it won't be as much of an issue? With my z10 the only way I can use the HDMI at the end of the day is by plugging it in to charge at the same time. Oh well... I suppose this is "progress"

No worries it is all done with one cable now, slips my mind the name of the standard that this is but it is all there in one cable now.

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I have used my Z10 and the HDMI to watch movies when I'm traveling via netflix and the hotel WiFi. You need a good power supply to keep that going for the full 2hrs.

Doryguy, are you saying Slimport uses less power than the micro HDMI port? Thanks.

Using Z10, wanting Z30, eyeing Windermere

Saw this on the Slimport website so don't shoot me if I'm wrong but the Slimport hdmi adaptor says it allows charging still so whether it can charge through the hdmi port I'm not too sure?

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So, does it work like the iPort through which you can charge and play content simultaneously? Does this open the possibility of third party docking stations like Sony?

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

I could not find any information that Slimport supports USB OTG either.

Using Z10, wanting Z30, eyeing Windermere

AT&T sales rep: "You want what device? I thought Blackberry went out of business. "
Me: Exactly why I want it.

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Can not believe that VZW would not carry the Passport..... Most everyone I know that is on a government issued BlackBerry is on VZW. They have to be THE biggest provider of Enterprise and Government accounts.

I know, after all VZW is the only carrier that seems to be actively selling BBRY products here in the states. I'm about ready to drop them though because I'd rather buy direct from BBRY.

Guys, take a peek at the specs listed for the Z30 on the blackberry website. Do you see CDMA listed under network? It isn't, yet it is available through Verizon. So just because you don't see CDMA listed for the Passport doesn't mean Verizon won't have its' own version.

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Telus and Bell are carrying it up in Canada, so there will be a CDMA variant. If you can't get it from your carrier down there, come on up and buy one unlocked here.

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If Verizon doesn't carry the Passport, I'm switching carriers. For ALL my phone lines.

On launch day.

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Isn't Verizon abandoning its CDMA network? They have near ubiquitous LTE coverage, so the phone should work on their network.

Great stuff! I'm not the happiest with the need for SlimPort HDMI, but I guess i'll have to just use Miracast (it's nice being so spoiled). It would be nice if the USB 3.0 would be included, however.

On a secondary note, 10.3 is beautiful... loaded it on my Z10, testing before I put it on my production Z30.

Bla1ze, thanks for the article!

Would someone be able to break down what these specs mean on a more general knowledge level?? They seem like a large leap forward based on the z10 that I currently have but as someone who doesn't live and breath tech specs, I'm not too sure how they stack up against other leading smart phones. Are there any items on the specs sheet that stand out as a "good to see" or any items that stand out as "they didn't go far enough"? Finally are there any surprises in the specs that people weren't expecting to see from a Blackberry device??

That's good to hear!! Will the Passport make use of the BB Paratek antenna and BB Natural Sound speakers that won so many rave reviews on the z30 or do these specs exceed those two z30 components??

No word on the Paratek antenna....but I suspect it will. As for Natural Sound it's even better than the Z30. With another mic that's incorporated into the speaker to be able to better analyze the sound

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I'm pretty sure it will have given that it's enough of an acquisition to warrant a placement in the new BlackBerry Technology division. In other words, it hasn't been forgotten or eliminates. Plus it enables substantial battery savings, which this will need with such a large LCD screen.

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That's awesome! I'm a huge fan of Natural Sound! I'm blown away by the sound quality in BBM Voice between my Z30 & the wife's Z10. Simply amazing...

Regarding the voice calls and video calls the sound will be improved by I believe a new proprietary technology called pro-receiver:
End-to-end high fidelity full band, full duplex audio for BBM Voice & Video on BlackBerry 10
Leverages BlackBerry Network to ensure quality of service during poor network conditions
Audio quality amplified when connected to external speakers via line-out or HDMI

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I agree. Would be nice to see the article actually comment on the quality of specs and how measures up against competition.

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Really it wouldn't.... the Passport has been in the planning stages for a long time. As Bla1ze said it is the best specced device that BlackBerry has put together and it should perform very well.

But on paper it doesn't really compare well if you look at other fall releases.

Compared to Android it's last year's specs, except for the screen and perhaps the audio, but it's not like they've managed to display multiple apps running side by side in BlackBerry 10, so it should be fine for their target market, reading spreadsheets and looking at radiographies.

Surprisingly, a lot of people care about specs and buy phones based on them. Someone who doesn't really understand how incredible BB10 as an OS is vs. Android might simply select a Samsung device because it has more of everything in a side by side. Not saying it's right, but there are far more people out there who don't know than there are people in the know...IJS.

So, when will Android finally stack up to BB10 / WP8 performance?

Oh, probably still waiting for a while...

Droid spec crazed fans are like participants of the AMD/Intel (flame/spec) wars in the 90's and early 2000's, just clock it up till it MegaHurtz!

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Wow! This device will be state-of-the-art. It looks like this will put BlackBerry ahead of the curve for the moment. Also, the unique form factor will definitely differentiate Team BlackBerry from the pack.

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Ahead of the curve...

Makes me smile boldly every time. :-))

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Still don't understand the use of LCD vs AMOLED... Still better specs than any other BlackBerry out there, and with 3 GB of RAM, it's better than the S5's 2 GB (which also uses Gorilla Glass 3, just as a note). 10.3 should run like a top on it

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Agreed!! Could definitely increase battery life, or allow smaller battery. Just doesn't make sense to me. Price can't be the only factor. Besides the extra costs would likely be trivial compared to LCD.

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LCD has much better image quality. The colour reproduction is miles ahead of any OLED based display, and LCD displays are easier to view in bright light. Battery life impact is negligible, especially since OLED based displays waste more energy than LCD on light coloured surfaces.

Overall, IPS LCD is superior to any OLED based display.

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This is a PDF reader device, at least for me.

Now tell me how much white is there in the average tech manual? 95%? On standard news websites?

Sure, dark Reader Mode would save a few milliwatts.

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So, going with LCD was probably a good choice.

Z10 screen is nice, Q10 can be a bit dim, and I have them side-by-side...

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LCD lasts longer than AMOLED, and for a premium device, I'll bet consumers will hold onto them longer than average. Also, LCD screens are brighter, which may help in the target industries (i.e. healthcare). I'm cool with my Super AMOLED Z30 screen, so I would have been happy with it on the Passport.

These specs are on par with the note 3. I still think the passport is nice. However, they could of done a bit better.

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Good phone with great specifications. Will be the next hit for BlackBerry if the product price is not too high. Way to go BlackBerry.

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You can't compare any non-iPhone device to an iPhone. Nobody else in the market uses the same components as Apple. The best you can do is feature comparison, which even many low end Android devices would win against an iPhone.

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BB7, maybe. BB10 running 10.3.xx - heck no! The OS is a beast. The browser on BB10 has surpassed iPhone now. The camera has come w/in 98% of iPhone cameras, and the Passport camera is improved over previous BB10 devices. Multitasking, speed & efficiency go to BB10.

WANT. Okay I want. Definitely.
That thing is beast!
Even though I might get cancers from all of those radios, idc, I'm getting it. Haha

Seriously though. Those LTE radios. Where can anyone go without being able to roam on a local LTE anywhere in the globe?! (haha idc, 2, 5, 4, 12, 13 and 17 are all there so I'm just glad at&t is fully supported)

The cameras look great too I guess. Haha

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Yeah that sucks big time. Was planning on swapping between my Z30 and a new Passport but looks like that will not be so easy. Possible deal breaker for me.

Is the Z30's SIM slot open top (like the 9900) or closed top (like the 9810?) I put my micro SIM in the regular size SIM taking 9900 all the time, no problem. You've just got to make sure the business end of the SIM sits on top of the slot's pins.

It isn't like either of those two. It's a spring-loaded side slot. I don't think anyone would ever be able get a nano sim in a Z30's micro sim slot, have it lined up and working, and still be able to get it back out. Do they make a nano to micro adapter yet?

Yeah, they do. Never tried one, but they do make those. Nano to micro and nano to regular size.

I would be wary of using an adapter in a spring loaded slot. That's essentially a closed top...even worse.

That might be two gsm variants worth of lte bands, we will have to wait and see what is on the box when these things actually ship.

Are all those LTE bands going to be in the same device or are they going to make different sub models with different bands. I can't believe all those LTE bands are in the same model.
Also no mention of CDMA or the new T-Mobile 700 MHz LTE band.

Yeah, I was (pleasantly) surprised at seeing how many LTE bands they had packed in. Not sure I'm still fully convinced that this is just one model, but there's too much evidence that says it is.

This model is not meant for CDMA carriers. And not really for TMO either, since they're not a partner. Besides, almost nobody has released phones with band 12 ever since the eventual deployment was announced. I know of one mid-range Samsung that has it. That's it.

These specs rival the Samsung Note 3! Well done Blackberry, can't wait to see this device being reviewed, even though I'll use the classic once my contract is up in 2016

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It looks pretty sweet! 32GB of internal storage will be a nice bump, you won't have to skimp on Apps and with a 64GB SD card or 128GB if you really like because they will work you'll have plenty of space for pictures, videos, music and movies for those long trips.

I also like the fact so many bands are supported in the one model. While it may be pricier component-wise there are probably some savings to be had production-wise making just one model in a few colours.

Finally does "Dual Carrier 42M support" mean two carriers can be connected to the device at once? This would be ideal for the business traveller.

All those LTE bands might not be on every variant, they will disable through software the ones that do not have antennas in a particular one, there is no cost difference as far as supporting them at the chip level, it is whether one has all the antennas or not though.

Dual Carrier 42M support is not carrier in the sense of AT&T etc, it is a HSPA thing where you are aggregating two different connections of 21Mb/s into a single 42Mb/s connection, usually due to the mobile network operator having spectrum available at more than one frequency.

Ahh..presumably to help maintain a better/more stable connection or perhaps to transfer data and be on a call at the same time.

Thanks for the response.

This is purely something to get more speed out of a 3g-level connection, you would tend to need a decent connection to use this and on non-cdma networks you can do call and data as standard on a normal connection.

The real issue is that there's no CDMA radio in the specs, so either there's no Verizon variant, or it hasn't been finalised yet.

4 and 13. Technically speaking, you can get this variant on Verizon because they are required to accept and b13 device, but...it won't do you a lot of good. It would essentially be a small tablet, until MAYBE voLTE.

It may or may not work on voLTE (depends on how Verizon goes about deploying and opening up voLTE,) but this model CAN essentially be a Nexus 7 on Verizon.

Dory, it's being carried by two CDMA carriers up here in the Great White North, so I'm pretty confident that it will work on the Verizon network.

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Telus is phasing out CDMA this year. Supposedly already shut down in BC and Alberta. Bell is also shutting down their CDMA network but not until 2017, supposedly. So the minimum on Telus will be HSPA+ network. Neither Bell nor Telus sell CDMA devices anymore either, so I wouldn't use the Canadian CDMA carriers to support a Verizon capable device, as this is unlikely.

Z30 Rocks!

Plus none of the BB10 phones that Telus or Bell carry even have CDMA bands. So the carriers are (may have been) CDMA, the phones certainly are not.

Either that, or it is going to be used as an advanced gesture sensor like the Microsoft Kinect. Or it could be used to do the pocket / table interactions. Who knows...

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Damnit, great specs, but it seems like the FM radio is again missing from the spec sheet? I know it's unnecessary for some people, but was clearly needed enough to ad it to every OTHER BB10 phone, after the Z10...

Hoping someone neglected adding it to this list.

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I'm with you on the FM radio. I use it on my Z30 a lot. That, and things like the HDMI out and USB-to-go, are good differentiators between a pro phone and a toy phone like the iPhone :-)

Yeah I on board with that too. Am begin to enjoy the FM radio on my Z30. It's one niggling concern I have about Passport.

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Not me, local FM broadcasting is driving me away from ever listening to the radio again.... all computer run stations with drivel for "news".

FM radio is great if you don't have cellular service nor wifi. You can still get music, news, weather. It is very valuable to some.

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I agree! Love having FM radio access! One of the niceties that pushed me to upgrade my Z10 to a Z30! Hopefully the Passport will have it & it was simply omitted!

I hope it's just a typo and it uses the same sim card as the rest of the bb10 devices.

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Display: 4.5" diagonal ????

Don't you mean 4.5" square??? You know, 4.5"x4.5".
My Z10 screen is about 4.5" diagonal.

Smartphones, tvs, monitors, their screen sizes are all measured diagonally. The Z30's screen is just under 4.5" inches tall, and the Passport's screen isn't as tall as the Z30's.

How about the speakers, will Passport have the same speakers as Z30 or better ones, to be honest if they are the same as Z30 is perfect.

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I believe a post higher up says the speakers will actually be better. I live the ones on my Z30.

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Qi was a "nice to have"; not having it isn't a dealbreaker.

This "USB 3.0 client interface supported with custom BlackBerry cable" thing sounds... interesting

I also have a Nexus 5 and it scares when I charge the phone on my Nokia pillow. It really overheats. No Qi? That's fine with me!

Wireless charging is inefficient. It's bad for the environment. It's a waste if energy and you still have to live the phone in one place.

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Look, y'all, I like wireless charging. I didn't except to get attacked for this! I'll take the 85% efficiency for the the convenience.

Also, it helped sell a Z30 to a friend with only one arm as she has difficulties plugging in a USB cable.

Your stoopid for wanting that energy waister. Only a azzhole preteenager like youself is more interested in how easy to charge. My iPhone doesnt have it and I dont miss it so quit crying.

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