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BlackBerry’s Passport is a square in design, but not in personality

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Not many smartphone owners use Blackberry. In fact, only one out of one hundred smartphone users own Blackberry. And even the company’s older generation hardware is out selling current Blackberry 10 handsets.

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The company is now banking its hope in its unique squarish device called the Passport.

This product has been launched in five countries and hopes to reach thirty countries by the end of the year.

It comes with an off-contract price of $599 and $249 on-contract price. It is designed to appeal to fans of large displays and physical keyboards.

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It may not restore the glory Blackberry lost in recent years but those who have used it say they have had more positive initial experience with the device.

The Passport features a 4.5” square LCD panel with a resolution of 1,440 by 1,440 at 453 ppi. It has a squished keyboard underneath that also acts as a tough sensitive touch pad.

Many users have not welcomed it, though. The device derives its name from its dimensions which are almost the same as those of an ordinary passport. If you place an ordinary passport over it, you will only see the outline of the device.

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It measures 128 x 9.3 x 90.3 mm and weighs 194 grams. It is its width that is most striking. It is wider than the Galaxy Note 4, the IPhone 6 Plus and the Nokia Lumia 1520, and is only 1.9 mm narrower than the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and also just a tenth of a millimeter thinner than the LG Optimus Vu.

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It is the first Blackberry to come with OS 10.3. The device is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz chip, has 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. It has a microSD card slot that can be used to boost its memory by up to 64GB.

The Passport sports a 13MP back camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi 802ac support, NFC, 10 LTE and Miracast.

Photos credit: engadget

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