The BlackBerry Passport may not be a smartphone for everyone but it appears to have found its niche. On the analyst call that followed the company’s latest financial results, CEO John Chen today revealed that some 200.000 units had been ordered through its own ShopBlackBerry online store as well as Amazon since its launch on Wednesday.
Not only is it now the number one device on the Amazon unlocked device list, but it is sold out on both online stores. It took only six hours to sell out on its own web site and 10 hours to repeat the feat on Amazon’s website.
As impressive as the number is, it also illustrate how far BlackBerry has fallen in recent years. In comparison, Apple moved 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in a just slightly longer period of time. With its large square display and touch-enabled keyboard, the BlackBerry Passport is geared primarily at a productivity-focused audience that prefers a physical keyboard and communications such as email. In other words, it is not meant to compete directly with the iPhone.
Here is a remind of the BlackBerry Passport’s specifications:
- Processor: 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974-AA)
- Operating system: BlackBerry OS 10.3
- Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA+/GPRS/EDGE
- Other connectivity: A-GPS, dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- Display: 4.5-inch Full HD-class (1,440×1,440)
- RAM: 3GB
- Internal storage: 32GB
- External storage: MicroSD cards up to 128GB
- Rear-facing camera: 13MP AF with OIS, BSI, LED flash and 1080p video capture
- Front-facing camera: 2MP FF with 720p video capture
- Sensors: Accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, Time of Flight (ToF), ambient light
- Battery: 3,450mAh
- Dimensions: 128 × 90.3 × 9.3 millimeters
- Weight: 196 grams
- Colours: Black, White
- Other: FM radio
In Canada, the BlackBerry Passport is also available through TELUS Mobility. Bell Mobility, MTS, Rogers Wireless and SaskTel will join it in offering it starting on October 1.
Source : CrackBerry