Canadian-based telecommunications manufacturer then-known as Research In Motion (RIM) recently came out with a new Blackberry device under the leadership of their new CEO John Chen in attempt to get back on top of the smartphone game. Announced just no more than 5 months ago, the Blackberry Passport was able to cause enough stir, helping Blackberry possibly win over some of its then loyal users.
And just yesterday, the long wait for Filipino Blackberry fanatics has been officially put to an end as the company finally launched the Blackberry Passport in the country, priced at Php 35,790 and is available from both Globe and Smart. The media launch event was headed by Mr. Cameron Vernest, BlackBerry’s Managing Director for Philippines and Singapore, held at the Romulo Café in Jupiter Street, Makati.
What’s interesting about the Blackberry Passport is its form factor — a square-ish body with a full touch screen display paired with Blackberry’s signature and award winning QWERTY keypad. The screen is also something worth mentioning, as it is not your typical 4.5 inch touch display, as unlike the Nokia Lumia 1020 or the SG S5 mini sporting the same screen estate in a rectangular form, the Blackberry Passport comes with a square display.
The QWERTY keypad is also worth mentioning, because as much as an avid Blackberry user will appreciate this on a 2014 flagship smartphone, Blackberry is kicking it up a notch by making it double as a capacitive, touch-sensitive trackpad.
Another selling point of the Blackberry Passport is its ability to run Android Apps, all thanks to the power of QNX. So if you’re worried about not getting Instagram or Google Chrome on your new Blackberry Passport, worry no more as Blackberry OS 10.3 has you covered.
Finally, Blackberry has also announced that the Blackberry Passport will also be available in White and Red in next coming months, alongside with the official launch of the upcoming Blackberry Classic.
Blackberry Passport Official Specs:
- Blackberry OS 10.3
- 2.26 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 4.5 inch square ( 1440 x 1440 pixels ) IPS LCD touch display at 453 ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Capacitive, touch-sensitive 3 row Blackberry QWERTY keypad
- 3 GB of RAM
- 32 GB of ROM
- microSD card support to up to 128 GB
- 13 megapixel AF main camera with LED flash BSI and OIS, 1080p @ 60fps video recording
- 2 megapixel front facing camera, 720p video recording
- dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, DNLA, NFC, 3G/HSPA/LTE
- Non-removable Li-Ion 3450 mAh battery (promised up to 24 hours of talk time, 14.5 days of standby)
- 128 x 90.3 x 9.3 mm, 196 grams
- Php 35,790
A self confessed gadget enthusiast, Phillip Joanino is a Registered Nurse by profession. He graduated with BS in Nursing from Centro Escolar University in Manila, circa April 2013. He’s a certified Apple fanboy, the go-to person when it comes to the latest tech updates and knows the hippest and trendiest places and events around the Metro.
What makes Phillip an Apple fan boy? Currently, he’s got a Black iPod Nano 3rd Gen, a White iPad with Retina display, a White iPhone 4S, a Gold iPhone 5S and a 13-inch Mid 2013 MacBook Air. He’s also got a BlackBerry 9700 on the side, as well as a Intel Core i5 Samsung QX-410 notebook.