BlackBerry confirm Passport for September launch

BlackBerry confirm Passport for September launch

BlackBerry has confirmed that its long-rumoured  Windermere smartphone is to officially be known as BlackBerry Passport.

The announcement was made as part of the firm's earnings report and annual meeting by chief executive officer John Chen.

According to a developer listing, the Passport will feature a 4.5-inch display, which will be capable of a resolution of 1440×1440 pixels, with a pixel density of 453ppi.

Such capabilities could be complemented by 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 3450mAh battery.

Mr Chen used the event in London as an opportunity to show off the new model, with a report from Crackberry claiming that it was unveiled alongside another BlackBerry Classic QWERTY smartphone.

The latter model has been touted for release at the end of the year, although an exact date has not yet been given.

The same cannot be said about the BlackBerry Z3 however, with the low-cost touchscreen smartphone gearing up for a June 25th release in India.

In terms of the Passport, there have not been any further details as to how much the new model will cost.

It comes on the back of news that the firm has completed a deal with Amazon for 240,000 Android apps, while also confirming that it will be shutting down its music and video offerings on its own BlackBerry World store.

Such developments are coming at what is a time of substantial change for BlackBerry, with Mr Chen even suggesting the firm may even decide to manufacture a phablet.

In an interview with the Jakarta Post Mr Chen said: "If we will do another thing, we will probably go to phablet. I think if you look at our strategy and if you look at where the market goes, there is definitely a good market for something between a phone and tablet.”

Such a move would arguably come as no real surprise for the firm as it would bring it in line with rivals such as Samsung,HTC, Nokia and Apple.