27 Sep 2014

Blackberry passport -A short take

Is blackberry trying to take over the phone market again? It sure looks like that. The former tech giant known around the world for making premium smartphones just released the Passport, a phone with dimensions similar to an American passport and monstrous specifications.
It has a square 4.5" LCD IPS display with a resolution of 1440x1440 giving it a pixel density of 453 pixels per inch. 

Blackberry Passport gallery-cam@2x pestoverde/Flickr

It is powered by the 2.2 ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and the Adreno 330 GPU. It runs blackberry's latest version of its operating system, BBOS 10.3 which also has support for android apps. The amazon AppStore is also available by default in the device. This device comes with a 13 MP camera which has autofocus and OIS. It has a huge battery of  3450 mAh which will give it a really long standby time. But the most eye catching feature in this device is its keyboard. It has a three row qwerty keyboard, compared to the four row ones that we are accustomed to. Users who have used it said that it takes only a little while to get used to it and that it is very comfortable. On the other hand, the phone is quite thick, with a thickness of 9.3 mm. The phone also weighs a lot, 194 gm, which is really a lot in the phone market these days. So, this really makes the phone unsuitable for one handed use. Also this phone is priced at $250 on AT&T so we can expect an off contract price of $650. 

Blackberry Passport gallery-cam@2x pestoverde/Flickr

This phone is quite expensive, so is it worth it? Techist will cover more on this when we can get a hands on review. 

This article was written by Vignesh Shankar, another admin at Techist.net, for queries please email him at vignesh@techist.net 


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