Blackberry is back with a new Phone: BB Passport to be Launched in September

Blackberry’s upcoming phone, Passport, is expected to be launched in September as announced by BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen at the company’s earnings report and annual meeting. It comes with a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1440×1440 pixels and offer a pixel density of 453ppi, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 3GB of RAM and a 3450mAH battery.

The price details of the Passport smartphone are still undisclosed. 

The company had also confirmed to launch a low-cost touchscreen smartphone, the BlackBerry Z3 in India on June 25. It has got into a partnership with Amazon for 240,000 Android apps and is planning to shutting down its music and video stores on BlackBerry World.

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The Inquirer says: Blackberry CEO John Chen did not give further detail of the phone, so the specifications are yet to be confirmed. However he did say, “go in and check out the leak”, indicating that the rumoured features are correct.

Chen also showed off the Blackberry Classic, which looks like more of a standard update to the firm’s stable with a smaller screen and full keyboard.

“The 1.2 million is low in my book, I don’t know how big I should be looking but I would expect it to be literally in the tens of millions. It has to be,” he said.

Chen was keen to reel off the recent roster of Blackberry product announcements, including the firm’s push into Internet of Things, the tie-up with Amazon, and the launch of BBM Protected. Of the latter, the CEO said 15 existing BES customers have taken part in trial deployments, while Blackberry received 450 enquiries within the first 24 hours of launch.

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BBM currently has 85 million monthly active users, and Chen hopes this will pass the 100 million mark by the end of 2014, after the Windows Phone version launches in July.

These launches will be followed by BBM Meetings and the Passport in September, BES 12 in November and QNX Cloud in December. “There’s nothing in August to celebrate everyone going away everywhere,” Chen quipped.

For its fiscal first quarter of 2015 – or March to May 2014 for us laymen – the Canadian firm posted revenues of $966m, down one percent from $976m in the previous quarter. However, this is a huge drop on the same quarter the previous year, when the firm reeled in $3.07bn.

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