If you are a fan of BlackBerry, you must be eagerly waiting for September 24 when the company is expected to launch its next flagship smartphone, the BlackBerry Passport. BlackBerry has said in its blog, “On September 24, all eyes will be on BlackBerry as we host exclusive, invite-only events in Toronto, London and Dubai to show off… well I guess you’ll have to wait and see.” Also saying, “Save the Date. See the bigger picture.”
Although the company has revealed many features of the BlackBerry Passport till now, it has not yet announced when it will be available in the market and it’s pricing. According to information received by BlackBerry OS, the device will hit the stores on October 1 in Canada, Europe and UAE and will cost about $800 or €650. Its US launch seems to be scheduled for later.
Now OurBerries has posted a picture of a BlackBerry Passport handset carrying a T-Mobile logo on its back. This means that T-Mobile might offer the new Blackberry flagship on its network when the phone is launched in the US. Fans may recall that BlackBerry and T-Mobile are not on the best of terms after the feud between them a few months back.
T-Mobile had tried to get its customers to turn in their BlackBerry phones and swap them for the new iPhone 5s. This resulted in some altercation between the CEOs of the two companies and BlackBerry did not renew its contract with the carrier.
The leaked picture indicates that the two companies might have patched things up and that T-Mobile is really going to offer the new and unique BlackBerry Passport. On the other hand, the image could be doctored. We will have to wait and see.
The BlackBerry Passport will sport an unusual 4.5-inch square LCD display with 1440 by 1440 pixels resolution and a QWERTY touch-sensitive keypad. It is expected to have quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU for graphics, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory with microSD card slot for expansion up to 64GB, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and a powerful 3450mAh battery. The device will run BlackBerry 10.3 OS.