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BlackBerry has announced the availability of BlackBerry Passport devices. The device sports a 4.5” square screen with 1440×1440 pixels (453 dpi) HD display and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It also includes a new QWERTY keyboard which the company claims it to be four times more accurate than BlackBerry 10 virtual keypads. The keyboard also includes a responsive touch surface like a trackpad that allows many touch functions directly on the keyboard like scrolling webpages, flicking to type or slide, etc. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.2GHz Quad-Core processor with Adreno 330 450MHz GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of memory which is expandable upto 128GB using a microSD card.
BlackBerry Passport runs on BlackBerry 10.3 Operating System which incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar so that each user’s most commonly accessed functions are in the center of their screen. The smartphone includes BlackBerry Assistant which is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications.
Other features include BlackBerry Natural Sound Technology which is built in to adapt Wi-Fi and cellular call sound depending upon phone position and background noise, automatically adjusting volume. The device also includes a 13MP autofocus rear camera with OIS feature, LED flash and a 2MP front camera. Connectivity options include 4G – LTE (FD – LTE), 2G/3G, WiFi, Radio, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. The smartphone packs a 3450mAh battery.
The BlackBerry Passport is now available through local carriers around the world and online through the Official BlackBerry Store and Amazon