UK Consumers to Get BlackBerry Passport in September

BlackBerry today talked about two new devices it plans to release later this year, the Passport and the Classic. The Passport is the more interesting of the two (as the name implies, the Classic is a very traditional device in terms of appearance) and it looks like folks in the UK can expect this phone come September. Pocket-Lint cites BlackBerry as saying the Passport would be available in the UK and that it would have its own UK launch event in September. Not too surprising given the UK was among the first to get the Z10 but good news nonetheless.

This phone toes the phablet line with a twist: It reduces over all screen size and squeezes in a hardware keyboard, too. Similar to the Q10, the Passport has a square display but it ups the size to 4.5 inches and the resolution is 1440 x 1440 (as opposed to the 3.5-inch 720 x 720 display on the Q10). The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor and 3 GB of RAM along with a 3450 mAh battery. There’s also a 13-megapixel camera in the back, and a 2-megapixel camera up front.

No word on pricing just yet, but we’ll keep you posted on this unique device from BlackBerry.

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