From the Editor's Desk: Almost there

By Bla1ze on 17 Aug 2014 11:38 pm EDT

So earlier, I was sitting here looking back at some of the posts about the BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport. Going through it all, it seems as though we've been talking about those two particular devices forever. Realistically, its only been since June that things started popping, when BlackBerry CEO John Chen unveiled the BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport. Sure, the rumors have been going longer but the real excitement only came in June, when things got real.

Here we now in the middle of August and we're so very close to the expected September announcement and official release of the BlackBerry Passport. I say announcement and official release because when you think about it, the BlackBerry Passport hasn't even been officially announced as per a normal announcement. There has been no press releases, there has been no official spec sheets, no carrier announcements have been laid out and no pricing details have been put out as of yet. The device has only been 'unveiled' and 'teased' thus far, though from all of the leaks, you'd think it was actually 'official'.

For fans of the BlackBerry Classic, things have been a bit tougher considering the device was actually announced back in February but again, its only been since June that the conversation has been hot. There hasn't been nearly as many leaks surrounding the Classic and the only stuff out there aside from some unofficial Geekbench specs, has all been official from BlackBerry. I suspect when the BlackBerry Passport actually goes official, that will change and we'll start to see more of the long awaited Classic and we're almost there.

Other tidbits:

  • BlackBerry Z20 - By now I'm sure most folks who have been waiting for a Z10 successor have seen the rumors of the BlackBerry Z20. We got sent all the same info as well, however decided to not run it because overall, aside from the "Z20" mention, there's not a lot of details there. No specs, no release date, nothing. Just the Z20 designation. Could it be a new device? Sure. Could it just be a rebadged Z3 with LTE and some spec upgrades? Likely. We'll see what other info comes out in the meantime.

  • CB10 Update - As I mentioned last week on my Editor's desk, we've got an update coming and we're going to try and push that out to everyone at some point this week.

  • Passport and Classic Contest - As we're now a bit closer to the launch of the BlackBerry Passport and even the BlackBerry Classic, it's time to ramp up another contest. We'll have more details on that this week as well. Watch for it!

  • CrackBerry Podcasts - We've not forgotten about podcasts and judging from all the forums posts and emails from folks asking when the next one is, you all haven't either. No BS or excuses here, we've been slacking and really, enjoying what's left of the summer when we can. We'll get things ramped again but you folks know we've always been rather terrible at keeping a schedule on those anyway. To have a consistent schedule would just be a bit weird, the random ones that pop up when it hits us we should do one is more the CrackBerry way.

That's all I got this time around. I hope everyone had a great, refreshing weekend. I pretty much ignored all my emails and such, which was nice. It's always good to disconnect every now and then because sometimes the world is a pretty crazy place. If I missed your email or message, try again because you surely got marked as read and I'm not going back to look. ;)

Reader comments

From the Editor's Desk: Almost there


Not excited about Z20?? I think it's the first time author mentioned Z20, glad BB us looking into it :D

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I think the big news has been the geekbench specs for the Classic.

There is no proof that the Z10/Q10 specs in that benchmark will be the Classic's actual specs, but if they are I think it is quite disappointing.

I don't buy the argument that low specs are a good idea because it is targeted to be a cheap "fleet phone" for a business.

In the past, BlackBerry's phones were deemed "out of date" and too slow by the employers that were issued them. This helped usher in the BYOD trend. Because of these outdated phones, BlackBerry lost market share -- not just amongst consumers -- but ALSO in the enterprise.

They seem to be making the same mistake again.

I'm not saying the Classic needs to be some octocore spec-monster, but mid-2012 specs* for a phone being released (essentially) in early 2015 is too far a stretch!

If BlackBerry wants to gain a fondness for its phones amongst people that have been issued them, then they need to ensure that these users do not feel "stuck" with an "out of date" BlackBerry.

We've been down that road before and it didn't work out very well.

* - The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the same specs as the (rumored) Classic specs, and it was released in May 2012.
Source :

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I totally agree! These specs/figures are not of a still to be released model. Why anyone would agree with it, or even suggest that these numbers are likely to be those of the new Classic, i don't understand!

I tend to disagree with you, only because the low-spec devices aren't aimed at enterprise, but consumers. Anyone running multi-million-dollar corporations should be smart enough to buy a device that is fast enough to keep up and not crash. The Curve was the entry-level device, while the Torch/Bold/Tour were higher-end and faster than the Curve.

I do agree, though, that even those last devices were slower than molasses in the arctic in February! That certainly didn't help.

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So the company I work for only sees fit to kit out employees with a curve. My gripe with BlackBerry has always been putting something that feels that cheap in the hands of every normal worker. Naturally everyone slates BlackBerry saying their phones are a pos. If chens new supply chain partner can produce a Q10 spec and quality phone in a q5 priceband I reckon a lot of non execs would be a bit more content with the mobile offering. Plus that has also got to give the average q10 owner some confidence in the length of time bb10 is going to be supported on that device- none of this PB doesn't have the spec for an update bs..

I'm very excited and anticipating the launch of these devices when the time comes to see how the market receives them however I am still hopeful that BB will provide another touchscreen phone with upgraded and best specs in the year to come, *cough cough * the Z50

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I also premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal.
But for BlackBerry competitors.
Those competitors who cover Mr. Wassup/Mr. Jackie Ch. back.

I'm not interested in the Passport for myself, but also looking forward to its launch. And looking for more concrete information regarding the Classic after it.

I hope this CB10 update includes the push notifications kevin was talking about. That would be really sweet.

Differentiate or Die

So you can be first "quick"er?

Nothing to add... ;-)

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Nice! I see what you did there. Hilarious and quite clever I might add.


Yeah I'd rather have Push notifications in the Hub instead of to my email address. It would also be good if the notification opens the CB10 app.

I hope it includes a notification tab of where Kevin is and what he's doing... so people can stop asking.

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That's what she said......nope...that joke bombed. Booo! Horrible timing!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureever

I'm looking forward to being able to download the podcast on a BlackBerry like you can on an Android device. It's weird that the Android app allows you to download the CrackBerry podcast, but you can't on a BlackBerry.

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I like the way the Editor's Desk posts are being written now. I like the "week in review plus general thoughts feel to it". Good job!

Frosty white Q10/

Looking forward to hearing more about all, especially the app update. The CB natives haves been getting restless, as I'm sure you know all too well.

I'm excited about BlackBerry Passport and Classic. But I love my Q10 and suspect I will be sticking to it. So I'm just waiting patiently for the official 10.3 release, and hoping (among other nice things) that there would be a dark-themed BlackBerry Hub.

Bla1ze, you rock. Keeping things fresh, consistent updates to the world CrackBerry Community and more, stellar bytes of information; thank you.

Appreciation reaches far past the written word here.

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Don't care for the passport or the classic (if it has less specs than the z10)... as for the app i would like the ability to check emails and such as opposed to push notifications as that would get annoying being notified of new posts every 2 min. sure, i would think you can turn them off but then there goes a wasted feature...for me. I know there are those in here that want it just so they can be 1st for everything but then that would encourage those stupid "first" comments that YOU said would be deleted anyway so why bother?

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I was considering the Z30, but I do not like the irreplaceable battery. I am hoping for a next gen Z10 with more internal memory. I am not really interested in the classic or passport..those are niche devices. even though the Z10 had a poor deployment with a beta 10 OS, I believe it is the one device with the best chance of survival.

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I use my Z30 enough throughout the day. I stop short of calling myself a power-user, but with all I do in a day, I still have between 30% and 50% battery life left at the end of the day, which starts at 07:00 and ends at 03:00.

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I m presently using Z10, but eagerly awaiting for BlackBerry Passport launch, when it arrives in India, any idea...??

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If not launched in India soon, tons of Indians travelling to India this fall. Just get one gifted.. lol

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I would like to hold one before I commit (Passport) , if it's too large I'll hold on to my Q10.

arTie's berry "Q10"

In India, in order to beat growing market of Android, BlackBerry has again launched Z3 at least Rs. 3000/- more price. The product was excellent for entry level at about sub Rs. 13000/- level and we only hope that the same mistake should not be repeated with Passport. It's an excellent product for Indian growing market, when it will be launched in price range of sub Rs. 40000/-....!!, any idea about the Indian price of Passport.
I have used all premium brands of Samsung, HTC, Sony, but no one can beats BlackBerry for giving us the best OS till date...

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Really? I had no idea that BlackBerry licensed their OS to Sony and HTC. That's news to me.

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I'm waiting for Z30 successor with higher pixel density and improved battery that will not be shortened by ppi (removable not removable) what matters is power house battery.
Waiting for Podcast and a push notifications from CB10 that will not let me miss freebies apps

My first BlackBerry Z10 (wall hugger) will soon be replaced by its successor Z20

I understand the reasons for thinking "almost there". Many of us are interested to see how the passport is accepted. I will not buy, but the device itself is unique and could well become a business standard phone, particularly if appropriate software is developed to make use of its strong points. For me 10.3 has been too long in coming. Ok, more than one software release per year is not common with ios nor android, but bb10 is still behind. It needs to run.

In this business, there will always be an "almost there". God or bad.

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I really hope they release the passport sooner then later, with all the hype and picture teasing, I am 99% committed to buying one as long as they don't price it through the stratosphere.

Sent from my lovely z30 on T Mobile USA

Yeah hopefully those specs for the classic aren't real, coz if so I'll be deeply disappointed. Those specs don't do the beauty of the design any justice

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Take this for what is worth (maybe nothing), but while talking to a verizon wireless rep who I have known for about a year or so and who has been pretty accurate with his info in the past, he indicated that he didn't think VZW would carrier the passport. He indicated that he was aware of the device but that there has been zero mention of VZW carrying it. Of course that doesn't mean they won't carry it. In my opinion though in order for the passport to succeed in the us it will need carrier support and specifically it will need VZW support.

And this is one of BlackBerry's problems. They release information about products so early that a lot of times the interest dies out.

The passport is first time in long time that I didn't notice interest dwindle.

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Bla1ze what are you doing on a palm-tree lined street looking at the sunset or sunrise while writing articles for CrackBerry? You'll be needing a passport but it won't be to BlackBerry Lotusland. ;-)

Would love to see the story of Snap2chat and Snapchat covered and also read on the recent news of BlackBerry ( appointment of Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu as President of BTS) to have a better and deeper inside of those matters !

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I'm waiting to test out the passport and classic before making a choice. Removable battery is a plus for me. Because what if you accidentally got it wet or dunked it (pushed into the pool/lake/river/pond)? That's why.

I'm excited by where BlackBerry is heading.

Crackberry, time to bring out a mobile nations app for BB10.

Tim Smith from my Z10 on Rogers

Definitely need the Passport.
Lost my Z10 on Thursday last week after 1 year of love and care :( so back to my Bold 9780 but it is sooooo hard not to go out and get a new one...but just want to hold out for the Passport :)

I would like to know your point of view of Digital River, personal experience and general comments is that is beyond bad. And this is the official fulfillment house for BlackBerry.

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Blaze, I have a question? Who is going to sell these new BlackBerry's in America? I was in the mall today and I observed that their were 4 phone service providers/carriers within feet of each other. So I decide to search for BlackBerry products, displays, and/or advertisements in there stores. I found not one Blackberry phone or advertisement and every

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