BlackBerry might have been a slowly fading away giant lately, but the company recently announced that it had one last trick up its sleeve that could become the game changer for the once smartphone-making king. That killer device, which we recently found out to be BlackBerry Passport, has just been accidently leaked in a video courtesy of Carphone Warehouse.
The video showcases some of the features of the upcoming device, in particular highlighting its square, 4.5 inch display, as well as the new and improved physical keyboard that will be touch optimized. The video also shows that the device’s edging will be made of stainless steel, which is quite a standout among the current fragile flagship phones.
The video has since been pulled from Carphone Warehouse’s website, probably because it was leaked ahead of time, but a cached copy can still be viewed below. As they say, you can never truly eliminate something from the Internet, even if you wanted to.
BlackBerry Passport is expected to see the light of day sometime during September this year, and will aim to compete directly with the Apple iPhone 6. One of the biggest highlights of the device is its 4.5-inch display, with a resolution of 1440×1440 pixels. Square seems odd? BlackBerry disagrees. The company claims that this resolution makes the device ideal for document reading by displaying 60 characters in either orientation, which is what most books have been based on academic research.
Another feature that Passport showcases is its touch-friendly physical keyboard, which even recognizes gestures that are performed over the keys. BlackBerry has always been a big fan of physical keyboards, and in fact was one of the manufacturers that made QWERTY keyboards a mainstream reality. Passport claims to have the best of both worlds, by combining the power of a physical keyboard with the friendliness of gestures.
Check out the video below and see for yourself what BlackBerry Passport will bring to the roster once it hits the retail channels.
BlackBerry Passport is one of the anticipated devices this year, particularly because it will mark the company’s one of the last attempts at making a resounding comeback. How successful they will be in this task, we’re not certain, but taking on the new iPhone will be a daunting task!