BlackBerry hypes Passport battery and audio features as touch-enabled keyboard demoed on video

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| July 18, 2014

BlackBerry Passport Assistant

BlackBerry’s Passport hype train kept on rolling today, as the company shared another blog post highlighting some of the upcoming phablet’s features.

First up, BlackBerry touted the Passport’s battery. The juice pack is 3450mAh in size, which BlackBerry claims is the largest battery of any smartphone on the market (some variants of the LG G Flex have a 3500mAh battery). This supersized battery lets Passport owners avoid “range anxiety,” BB says.

BlackBerry Passport call screenshots

BlackBerry then goes on to tout the Passport’s sound capabilities. Those include BlackBerry Natural Sound, which offers improved voice calling over BBM Voice and cellular by utilizing four microphones that adapt to the environment in real time. The Passport also features stereo speakers.

Finally, BlackBerry touted the Passport’s touch-enabled keyboard. The full QWERTY is like a combination of hardware-software ‘board, letting users type on a real keyboard when they want but still use gestures like “Swipe left to delete.”

Meanwhile, a video that demonstrates the BlackBerry Passport in action has appeared on YouTube. The near-three minute clip offers an overview of the Passports hardware and software and spends some time showing off the device’s touch-enabled keyboard. The clip shows that the ‘board acts like a trackpad, allowing users to scroll around webpages.

The BlackBerry Passport looks like a pretty interesting smartphone. It’s got a beefy battery and huge touchscreen that’ll help BlackBerry tap into the phablet craze that’s hit mobile recently. Plus, it’s got a physical keyboard that’ll attract the ‘Berry die-hards, but it can also act as a trackpad for navigating around the phone. It’s been a while since most folks got excited about a new BlackBerry smartphone, but this Passport may be one worth keeping an eye on.

What do you think of the BlackBerry Passport so far? Does its big display, beefy battery and touch-enabled keyboard have you interested?

Via Inside BlackBerry, N4BB, YouTube

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