BlackBerry CEO shows off new Passport and Classic phones

20 June, 2014

BlackBerry unveiled an odd new device – the Passport. It has a square 4.5" screen with 1,440 x 1,440 resolution, essentially a QHD screen cropped to 1:1. Below the unusual screen is a rare sight these days, a three-row QWERTY keyboard.

The BlackBerry Passport will be a wide device, the screen alone is about 81mm wide. For comparison a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with 5.7" display with 16:9 aspect ratio is just under 80mm wide.

Additional specs of the new device are unclear though it's said to have a much more advanced chipset than the old Snapdragon S4 Pro in the BlackBerry Z30, a Snapdragon 800 say the rumors.

BlackBerry Passport

There's another new device too, the BlackBerry Classic. It's a successor to the current Q-line and has a hardware QWERTY keyboard too. It will have a more manageable screen – 3.5" in diagonal, also square (the resolution is unknown). The Classic will also see the return of the familiar optical trackpad.

BlackBerry Classic

The new Passport and Classic were proudly shown off by John Chen, who took over as Blackberry's CEO last November. Chen said early this year that new BlackBerrys will "predominantly" have QWERTY keyboards.

The Passport will launch in September, while the Classic is expected in November.

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Reader comments


Will the BB classic have on screen dial?

  • Anonymous

I am so glad to see that blackberry has decided to bring out a phone with z keyboard again. I think touchscreens are not that great. Thank you Blackberry. From a dedicated Blackberry fan

  • AnonD-306033

Why BB has no Radio, it is just one feature, I love to use most often. It is really disappointing that BB cannot have this feature. Otherwise any day, I would buy this phone hands down.

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