BlackBerry Passport lands in the Philippines!

Reporting & Coverage by Angelique Misa

While many have been wondering, especially the techies and avid BB users as to why they’ve been MIA for quite some time, I think it’s safe to say that the brilliant minds behind the brand were busy creating a new smartphone that will cater the needs of the techie consumers. Thus the birth of the new BlackBerry Passport!

Last November 25, 2014, Blackberry Limited, a global leader in mobile communications, introduced the all-new BlackBerry® Passport in the Philippines. It features a large square 4.5” touch screen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. The fun part is that the device is actually the size of a Passport which explains the name.

BB Passport

During the event, the Philippines & Singapore Managing Director – Cameron Vernest said: “We are excited to mark a new milestone for BlackBerry here in the Philippines, with the introduction of the first square screen design and touch-enabled keyboard smartphone – the BlackBerry Passport. Aimed at mobile professionals and equipped with the new BlackBerry 10.3 OS, this groundbreaking device will allow users to elevate their productivity and collaborate more effectively. The BlackBerry Passport will definitely be the talk of the town, breaking through the sea of rectangular-screen, all-touch devices.”

Aside from its latest OS platform – Blackberry 10.3, the device is pretty much loaded with enhanced application features that will sure amaze its potential clients. Blackberry Passport highlights Blackberry Blend, an application which allow users to manage the content of their Blackberry phone from different devices like computer and/or tablets. Blackberry Assistant which can be used with a voice or text command is also one of the highlight features of the Blackberry Passport. A Dual App Storefront – Blackberry World & Amazon Appstore are also preloaded in the new smartphone.

And while many of us whine about the battery life of our smartphones, Blackberry Passport users need not worry as the device promises up to 30 hours battery life with mixed use.

BlackBerry Passport specs:

4.5-inch IPS (1440 x 1440) display, 453ppi
Blackberry OS 10.
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
2.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AA Snapdragon 801 quad-core CPU
Adreno 330 GPU
3GB RAM
32GB internal storage up to 128GB via microSD
13 megapixel AF rear camera w/ OIS, f2.0 lens, LED flash
2 megapixel fixed-focus front camera
4G LTE, HSPA+, 3G
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Direct, Miracast
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE
NFC
FM Radio
USB 2.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
3,450mAH Li-on battery (built in)?

Blackberry Passport is available through its authorize resellers at PHP35,790. It will also be available soon on data plans from Smart & Globe.

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