The BlackBerry Passport is a smartphone with a 4.5 inch, 1440 x 1440 pixel touchscreen display and a built-in QWERTY keyboard below the screen. It’s kind of a funny looking phone and it’s way wider than most smartphones. But BlackBerry thinks it’s also more useful than most smartphones.
The Passport should go on sale this fall. But someone at UK retailer Carphone Warehouse jumped the gun and uploaded a promotional video to YouTube a bit early.
It’s been removed, but the internet being what it is, someone has already re-uploaded a copy.
According to the overview, the wide keyboard makes typing with you thumbs easier than on other phones. At 1440 pixels wide, the screen is also wider than most, which gives you more room to view email messages or other content without turning your phone sideways.
In fact, since the screen is square, there’s pretty much no reason you’d ever need to rotate the phone.
The video also shows off a few features we’ve already heard about including the BlackBerry Assistant digital voice assist feature and the touch-sensitive keyboard area which lets you do things like delete words by swiping across the keys.
Still, the phone does look awfully big when it’s held in one hand.