BlackBerry going to launch new phones this year, QWERTY Phones are back!

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During the BlackBerry’s quarterly call BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen informed the media about their plans for the year 2014 which included the list of expected phones. The news that surprised everyone was BlackBerry’s plans to re-launch their QWERTY lineup, with a fresh look and feel. Chen informed the press about the upcoming QWERTY phablet phone, which they called ‘Passport’ which seems to be a odd-looking smartphone for usage in 2014.

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The name ‘Passport’ seems to be quite appropriate, since the smartphone comes with a dimensions of a passport – that’s what I feel about this name. The Passport shall sport a 4.5-inch, 1440x1440p resolution square display, with a physical QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard seems to be quite awkward with such huge screen – making the keyboard quite wide. Chen even revealed some more details about the device that includes the 3GB RAM, 13MP rear camera and a 3450mAh battery. Chen even showed the device after the event was over and David Friend posted the image on Twitter. The Passport is said to be launched in September this year, in an event in London.


Apart from the BlackBerrt Passport, the other two devices said to be released this year are BlackBerry Z3 and the BlackBerry Classic (also known as the Q20). BlackBerry Classic seems to be more like the original BlackBerry Curve/Bold smartphones, running the latest operating system, BlackBerry OS 10 with physical buttons – Send, Menu, Back and End. It also has a trackpad, unlike the other QWERTY BlackBerry 10 devices. The device is said to be launched in the month of December this year.
Also Read: BlackBerry Q5 – ReviewBlackBerry Q5 – First Impressions


The other device that was told about at the conference was the BlackBerryZ3, which is coming to India next week. This entry-level smartphone comes with a 5-inch display, with a decent resolution of 540×960. The device has a 5MP rear-camera and a 1.1MP front-facing-camera and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon 400 along with 1.5GB of RAM. The Z3 comes with 8GB of built-in storage, and a MicroSD card slot which shall allow you to expand the phone’s external storage upto 32GB.
Also Read: BlackBerry Z3 in India – Launch Date, Price and Specifications

Feel free to add your thoughts about the upcoming devices by BlackBerry. Also let us know which device among the three interests you the most.

Karan Uppal

Karan Uppal is the Editor-in-Chief for Virtuaniz. He is currently a bachelor student of Computer Science at Bangalore and is working with a few start-ups. Karan is a keen learner and loves to travel. He loves reviewing gadgets and claims them to hold an important part in his life. Follow him at @freezethinker to get his updates.

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