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BlackBerry Passport officially launches in PH




We’re right here at the local launch of the square-shaped smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport. This handset made for the working professional flaunts a 1440 x 1440 resolution, LTE connectivity, 3GB of RAM, and  a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU.

BlackBerry Passport specs:
4.5-inch IPS (1440 x 1440) display, 453ppi
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-ion battery (non-removable)
BlackBerry 10.3 OS
128 x 90.3 x 9.3 mm
196g

We’ve previously wrote about why the company made a square smartphone, and they have made some strong points. The BlackBerry Passport has been seen in the gray market for Php32K, but it is now available in store shelves for Php35,790. It will also be available through Smart Communications and Globe in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned for our first impressions and hands-on.



Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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5 Responses

  1. El Psy Congroo says:

    I don’t understand why blackberry need to beef up their specs. It’s not like they have heavy 3D games in their blackberry app world.

    Most people wont buy blackberry for gaming only. Is there performance issue with blackberry OS?

    • drew says:

      Dude, it’s not just for games. The main purpose of that specs are for work. Bigger memory and higher clock frequency means better multitasking. That phone is not meant for everybody though but you can buy that if ever you will need that one.

    • fce says:

      My daily driver is a BlackBerry Q5 but I also use my Z10 for games and for watching movies using the HDMI output of the device onto the large TV screen.
      I can say that both devices, with dual core,2 GB RAM, 1.2 and 1.5 GHz respectively, run the OS very smoothly.
      Obviously the bigger specs is designed for improved performance in Apps. (maybe games too).
      Check out the BB Passport multitasking in this video..
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtMel-VXG-Q

  2. Joseph says:

    You are correct drew and you said it right. If the your intention is for gaming then, choose the right brand and unit that fits your lifestyle. Not all beefy specs are intended for gaming but for office professionals doing heavy multitasking. An engineer like me who used to have more projects and fun of watching movies and doing office works outdoor, then I choose iPhone 6 plus 128GB and Sony Xperia Z Ultra and I found it perfect for my everyday use.

  3. ian says:

    I am still waiting for the two operators to launch this on their postpaid lines. Any update on this matter? I really wanted to avail this beast phone for postpaid.

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