Blackberry released Passport smartphone, whose name is in line with its passport-like dimensions, will be available from October 10 onwards, at Rs. 49,990. This is also the first phone in its line-up to run on the latest BlackBerry 10.3 OS, which brings features such as BlackBerry Assistant and access to Amazon Appstore, giving users access to over two lakh top Android apps.
The device is powered with quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and microSD card slot for expansion (up to 128GB supported). Connectivity is taken care of with 3G, dual band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. A highlight of the BlackBerry Passport is its 3,450mAh battery which BlackBerry claim will deliver a battery life of up to 30 hours.
For photography enthusiasts, the Passport features a 13MP primary camera with optical image stabilization that can record full HD video. The front 2MP camera does video recording in 720p HD resolution. Other features include 4 microphones, MHL port for TV-out, FM Radio, accelerometer, gyro, compass and proximity sensor. It is the first BlackBerry smartphone to come with the latest BlackBerry OS 10.3. The new OS adds a voice assistant, updated BlackBerry Hub, improved camera user interface, enhanced security, updated icons and a built-in wallet app approved by RBI.