BlackBerry Passport released for $599 and it doesn’t “bend easily”
BlackBerry Passport has finally hit the shelves today but there’s more to it’s arrival. CEO John Chen, while speaking to newsmen during the launch event of the phone, said that the Passport won’t “bend easily.” Chen was making reference to the iPhone 6 Plus which has pulled a lot of trolls over it’s fragile structure that deforms under little pressure.
Now, let’s get to the news; the BlackBerry Passport is available in five countries and will be sold unlocked from BB’s own shopblackberry.com under the following price tags:
- Canada – $699 CAD
- France – €649 EUR
- Germany – €649 EUR
- UK – £529 EUR
- USA – $599 USD
Meanwhile, the Passport will arrive in more than 30 markets by the end of this year and these will include India, Singapore, Austria, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Venezuela, Philippines, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Romania and Colombia, and the entire Middle East.
BlackBerry Passport, spec-wise, puts together a square 1440 x 1440 pixels touchscreen that measures a whole 4.5 inches, diagonal. There’s 3GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor and a 2.2GHz quad-core CPU running at the heat of the engine.
The camera is a 13-megapixel shooter with the much desired optical image stabilization feature. And finally, there’s a 3540mAh battery powering the whole unit.
Running on the Passport is BlackBerry’s homemade BB10.3 OS, a platform that is made to support Android apps as bell as BlackBerry-only installations as well. The phone comes with Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry World and you know, there’s the BlackBerry Messenger, the norm.
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