BlackBerry just announced its new flagship smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport. And with its steel frame, impressive specs and brand new software, it looks ready to compete with its big Android rivals.
Its most interesting new feature is the innovative QWERTY keyboard. It’s touch sensitive, so you can swipe and tap it like a touchscreen or trackpad, which lets you easily navigate through web pages or go back through messages, emails and documents to make corrections.
It also comes with a couple of brilliant new bits of software. First, there’s BlackBerry Assistant. This is BlackBerry’s answer to Siri, Google Now and Cortana. It lets you control your phone and search the web with your voice, or, if you’re in a meeting or anywhere quiet, with simple typed commands.
Next there’s BlackBerry Blend. This lets you access everything on your Passport from your desktop computer. So you can respond to messages, check your calendar and a lot more without having to constantly pick up your phone. It’ll even work if you’ve left your BlackBerry connected to the internet at home.
The Passport also has more apps than any other BlackBerry. That’s because it comes with the Amazon Appstore, so you can download hundreds of thousands of Android apps straight to the phone.
And the BlackBerry Passport has the most powerful hardware ever used by BlackBerry. Apps will easily run in the background, letting you multitask effortlessly, thanks to the powerful quad core processor and 2GB RAM.
The touchscreen on the Passport is big and wide, letting you see more of a web page or document than you can on a standard mobile screen so it’s really easy to work on. And it’s Full HD, which means you’ll see every detail clearly.
And you’ll be able to use that screen all day thanks to the enormous battery. It’s one of the biggest we’ve seen in a smartphone, and BlackBerry says it’ll last through a long working day.
On the back there’s a really good 13MP camera with optical image stabilisation. That makes all your photos look super sharp, even if you aren’t holding the phone completely steady.