BlackBerry CEO Shows Off New Passport And Classic Phones

By 10:40 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 Comments

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

The BlackBerry Passport will be a wide device, the classy 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 recent device are unclear though it's assumed to have a much more advanced chipset than the recent Snapdragon S4 Pro in the BlackBerry Z30, a Snapdragon 800 say the rumors.

BlackBerry Passport

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

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

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