A look ahead at Blackberry’s Passport
Blackberry Passport attempts to redefines how a smartphone display should be for optimal productivity
We’ve heard a lot about resolution, and Retina HD displays but Blackberry has taken a different tact.
Apparently modern smartphones don’t offer optimal reading experience and that’s where the Blackberry Passport comes in. The phone features a unique square form-factor. According to academic research, the optimal number of characters on a line of a book is 66, and on the average rectangular smartphone that goes down to 40 while the Blackberry’s Passport offers 60 characters per line, reportedly much more better for reading pdf, e-books and documents.
Blackberry further sells the advantages of the Blackberry Passport’s 1:1 screen ratio through the fact, architects will be able to view architectural designs in full detail, mechanics will be able to check better schematics, and doctors can have a better look at x-rays in full detail on the Passport’s screen. They are clearly positioning the display as more functional for business whom can’t compromise from the distortion of aspect ratios.
Rumors and leaks on the Passport
Now let’s get into the rumored specifications as leaked from N4BB’s sources. The unique square form-factor screen will be 4.5-inches diagonal in size with a 1:1 aspect ratio. The resolution comes in at 1440 X 1440 and the LCD screen provides 453 DPI. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with 10-point multi touch capability.
And the brains? It’s one of Qualcomm’s best heavy-weight quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2 Ghz along with Adreno 330 GPU- This means you get fast and smooth processing of applications and gaming on the go. A large pool of 3GB RAM also accompanies the processor, ensuring enough room for work. Inbuilt storage is 32GB in size along with expandable MicroSD up to 64GB. The MicroSD card slot is situated under the back cover.
Camera and Optics
The rear camera is at 13MP with autofocus and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for steady shots and videos. The aperture stays at f2.0 for bright pictures and 5X digital zoom with LED flash. Full HD video recording is supported with 60fps, but reports indicate that Blackberry is testing 4K recording capability too. The front camera specs come in at 2MP, 3X zoom, 720p recording and image/video stabilization- good enough for video conferencing applications.
Connectivity includes LTE, 802.11b/g/n/ac, WiFi direct, Miracast, DLNA, low-power Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS and GLONASS. Sensors include accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, Time of Flight, Light sesnors, etc. Ports support USB 2/3.0, DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA.
When your CEO calls iPhone users wall huggers, you expect a powerful battery and potential Blackberry Passport battery is rated at a huge 3450 mAh, but non-removable. Estimated usage is 19 hours of usage and 8 hours of standby. Impressive potential specs but we will have to wait for the official announcements and real-world tests to confirm that. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor is already known for being battery friendly, and Blackberry has already publicly confirmed that the Passport can last a whole day of usage.
The return of the Blackberry keyboard
The Blackberry Passport will be the first new device to sport a touch capacitive physical keyboard. Many users have longed for the return of the keyboard but interestingly enough in a recently launched Crackberry poll, Blackberry users preferred an all-touch Passport to a capacitive keyboards.
Potential Device Dimensions
Dimensions for the device are listed as 128 X 90.3 X 9.3mm (L x W x D) and weighs 194.4g.
The Blackberry answer to Cortana, Now, and Siri
Blackberry Assistant will make its debut in the device and the personal assistant will include all the primary features such as reading and sending texts, emails, making calls and searching the web. The Assistant will offer powerful capabilities such as the ability to mark messages as unread in the Blackberry Hub and change notification settings by voice aimed at enterprise and Blackberry users. The Assistant will supposedly be compatible with any Bluetooth accessory and most phone functions can be performed without leaving the app.
Launch event September 24th
The Blackberry Passport will come in black and white colors with a TBD price. On September 24th, Blackberry has announced an event for the official launch of the Blackberry Passport in Toronto, London and Dubai.