Blackberry to launch Passport phone in Sept

Blackberry to launch Passport phone in Sept

Blackberry is set to launch its Passport phone at an event in London this September, it has been announced.

The handset – codenamed ‘Windermere’ – was recently leaked, and Blackberry CEO John Chen has now confirmed the device in the picture is the authentic phone. 

According to CrackBerry, the device will be named Passport after its short and wide-set dimensions. It will feature a 4.5-inch square 1440 x 1440 display.

Width-wise, The Passport will measure in at a sizeable 3.18-inches – even wider than the huge Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which measures across 3.12-inches across. The widely-circulated photo also shows a keyboard with just three rows of physical buttons. 

The device also appeared alongside two other handsets: the Z3 and Classic. 

It is believed the Passport will boast a quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974 processor, working with a Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It is also expected to feature a 3,450mAh battery. 

What’s more, things are apparently looking up for the smartphone manufacturer, which posted a modest quarterly profit. 

Waterloo raked in a net income of $23 million (£13.5 million) in the three months leading up to May 31st. However, after adjustments, the loss weighed in at around $60 million.

This upturn in Blackberry’s fortune saw a ten per cent rise in shares on its announcement. 

The company did it by cutting costs and moving away from the business of selling hardware to consumers, instead focusing on its services. 

Fifty-four per cent of Blackberry’s $966 million (£566 million) revenue came from its services, compared to just 39 per cent, which resulted from the sale of 2.6 million phones. This is a sharp drop on the 3.4 million handsets sold at this time last year.