BlackBerry's upcoming Passport smartphone is an oddball

By Shawn Knight ยท 12 replies
Jun 20, 2014
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  1. BlackBerry CEO John Chen took the wind out of the proverbial sails of any further leaks regarding its upcoming handset codenamed Windermere. The chief on Thursday confirmed the handset's existence and that it'll arrive as the BlackBerry Passport in September.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,180   +1,709

    If Amazon had introduced this as the Kindle Phone the tech blog echo chamber would have been salivating over it. Think its a coincidence that their getting the full Amazon store soon? People miss the old Kindles with their physical keyboards and 3G. The only drawback is that to maximize vertical screen inches they chose a slider-style keyboard. That's not what any blackberry fan wants or expects, but at least we now have a phablet with physical QWERTY, and to my knowledge that's a first. So much for Blackberry not innovating.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    It looks to be an awkward size and shape to be comfortable the hip pocket.
  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,151   +588

    God it looks so big, but I am glad to see blackberry bringing some fresh meat onto the lineup. Its good to see them back on the force of phones. Would love to see a review of this device!
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,481   +975

    Wow that is hideous!
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,647   +405

    1400x1400, who do they think they are with these wacky resolutions? Apple?
  7. My next phone. NOT!!!!
    I would rather use a toaster.
  8. Kezhen Gao

    Kezhen Gao TS Enthusiast Posts: 25   +24

    Looks like it's targeted for people with fat fingers.
  9. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,057   +1,372

    Dat aspect ratio. im sure its a joy to watch videos on.
    Seriously who comes UP with these things?
  10. mctommy

    mctommy TS Addict Posts: 236   +45

    Talk about having REALLY REALLY BIG black top/bottom bars when you watch video.
  11. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,321   +268

    Blackberry= very black, very bleak future.
  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,699   +166

    I'll wait for the transparent smartphones..
  13. Edward Beyer

    Edward Beyer TS Rookie

    I don't know, it could surprise us all. Give it some time to see what the future holds.

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