BlackBerry Passport, being launched in September 2014, wasn’t exactly looking like a phone. It was more of a wide-sized, square-shaped Phablet with a QWERTY keypad fitted in the phone’s body. Even though it’s wide, it doesn’t weigh as much as it looks, it’s just 196 grams. The Dimensions of the phone is 28 mm x 90.3 mm x 9.3 mm.
The phone has a display of 4.5 inch IPS LCD Touch Screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection, which would protect the screen in your pockets among the keys, coins. The Display is of 453 ppi, i.e. pixels per inch. The keyboard, in-addition with the 4.5 inch screen, feels big in your hand, but you can still use it single handedly. It’s more like a touch or type device, which used to be a trend a couple of years back.
Underneath the phone
BlackBerry Passport sports BlackBerry 10 Operating System, which is powered by the monstrous 2.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad Core processor with Andreno 330 GPU. The phone would be capable of running almost all apps and games. Playing games in this phone with a keypad won’t look good. This phone is purely intended for Business and Official purposes. And one more thing, you wouldn’t need AutoCorrect option since you can use the physical keyboard to correct the mistakes quickly.
The hardware is just splendid; the rear part of the phone looks fantastic. It’s just plastic, but it’s soft and having the BlackBerry logo embedded in it, making the device looks pure class.
The keyboard is made of three rows and is capacitive touch, it’s quite like a trackpad. You can use it to scroll up, down, left, right. Instead of scrolling with the touch, you can scroll emails, webpages, contacts quickly with this keypad.
BlackBerry Passport has a humongous 3450mAh battery which would power your phone all day. The battery is non-removable, which isn’t a big deal these days, since most of the flagships have a non-removable one.
It’s built with 3 gigs of RAM. Coming to the storage options, BlackBerry Passport has a 32GB inbuilt storage. The usable memory would be around 27GB, which itself is more than enough. If you still want to have a mini harddisk in your phone, you can expand the storage upto 128GB by the usage of a Memory card.
The connectivity options, it has a Nano SIM slot, supports both 3G and 4G, and other mainstream features such as GPS, Bluetooth v4.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Near Field Communication, FM Radio, 3.5mm headset jack and micro USB v2.0.
BlackBerry Passport has a camera with a 13 Mega Pixel resolution in the rear side, and has features such as Auto Focus, Optimal Image Stabilization and LED Flash light. The lens is a 5-element and has an Apeture of f/2.0 lens. It’s capable of recording 1080p video at 60 frames per second. The front facing camera is a 2 Mega Pixel one, with Image and Video stabilization and offering 3x Optical zoom. It’d be quite good for taking quick selfies.
Pricing and Availability
The phone is priced around 39,990 INR and it’s quite available in most eCommerce sites. The phone is available in these colors: Black, White, Red, Black&Gold combination. Not all colors are available to buy now, I suppose only Black is available for sale. There are lots of phones in this price range, only if you’re a BlackBerry fanboy or you need a BlackBerry phone because of official purposes, this is a good deal.
There aren’t much alternatives for this type of phones because the market isn’t filled with any phones with both touch and keyboard options. Well, you can opt for below ones:
- You could go for Apple iPhone 6 Plus if you feel that this phone isn’t worth the money you spend, and if you love iOS.
- You could go for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Note Edge, if you prefer working on a large screen with a stylus options.
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