BlackBerry Passport photo leak shows off hardware, compares phablet to Q10

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: July 19, 2014

BlackBerry Passport in the wild

Jonesing for some more BlackBerry Passport action following yesterday’s hype-building and video leak? If so, the rumor mill’s got your passport to more BlackBerry phablet goodness.

Unlimit-tech, the same publication responsible for yesterday’s BlackBerry Passport video leak, has posted several images that show the Passport in the wild. The unit in these images looks similar to the ones that we’ve seen in the past, sporting a large body with square corners and a hardware QWERTY keyboard. There are also some shots that compare the Passport to the BlackBerry Q10, and unsurprisingly, the Passport dwarfs the Q10 and its 3.1-inch display.

BlackBerry Passport Q10 comparison

The photos also confirm a few details about the Passport’s internals and software. An image of the device’s About screens show that it’s got 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and that it’s running BlackBerry OS 10.3.0.614.

BlackBerry Passport About screen

The Passport also includes some unique software features that include “Lift to Wake,” which will automatically turn on the screen when the Passport is picked up from a flat surface, and “Face down for power save,” which claims to improve battery life when the Passport is placed face down on a flat surface.

With its big, square display, touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard and software add-ons, the BlackBerry Passport looks like a pretty interesting handset that ought to please anyone that’s still a member of #TeamBlackBerry. We’ll have to wait and see whether all of those features will be enough to make anyone jump ship from another mobile platform, but I know that I’m at least looking forward to seeing how all of these pieces work together in the final product.

Via BBin, Unlimit-tech (Google Translate)