Introducing the BlackBerry Passport
When I first received the BlackBerry Passport, I was filled with wonder. I didn't know what to expect, and didn't want to read too much on it before I got it, because in this always-connected world, I wanted to be surprised.
I received the package, and got right into it. The unboxing video is below, as well as a closer look at what BlackBerry has with this very... unique smartphone. It's a phone that is simply like no other on the market, with a return of the physical keyboard, and a super-wide 1:1 aspect ratio display. We have a 4.5-inch 1440x1440 display, which is odd, and yet, satisfying.
Unboxing and a Closer Look at the Passport
BlackBerry has crafted itself a very well made, sturdy device that feels great in the hand - apart from it being ridiculously wide. Sometimes, almost too wide. Inside, we have Qualcomm powering the Passport with its Snapdragon 801 processor, which means we have a quad-core chip at 2.2GHz.
On top of that, we have 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board flash storage expandable with microSD (up to 128GB), the unique 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440x1440 and 1:1 aspect ratio. The device also includes Analogix SlimPort technology for a seamless HD visual experience on other displays and devices.
Round back, we have a 13-megapixel auto-focus camera with OIS (optical image stabilization), with a 5-element f2.0 lens, and around the front we have a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear camera can shoot 1080p video at 60FPS, while the front camera can shoot 720p video at 30FPS.
There's a 3450mAh battery inside of the Passport, which should have more than a day of battery life, and BlackBerry 10 OS, which is the big player here on the Passport. BB10 is a unique OS, and feels mostly like Android, but it is a massively different operating system to get used to.
We've left one of the most unique things until last: the capacitive touch 3-row BlackBerry keyboard. This keyboard features contextual auto-correction, next-word prediction, and a "personalized learning engine that gets to know the way you type".
All of this arrives in a handset that is 128mm x 90.3 x 9.3mm (HWD) or 5.04 x 3.56 x 0.36 inches and weighs in at 196g, or 6.91oz. It's very wide, and that is something that I think you're going to have to understand before even thinking about buying the BlackBerry Passport before trying it. You need to try it before you buy it, but we'll talk about that soon.
BlackBerry is currently selling the Passport for $499, down from its introductory price of $699. The company is also offering various deals if you trade your iPhone in, so if you're interested in picking up the Passport, you'll want to check with your local retailer or phone dealer and see what they have to offer.
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