Unusual touch sensitive BlackBerry Passport keyboard revealed on leaked video

blackberry passport coming week 600 without contract
Read our full BlackBerry Passport review.

A video published on YouTube just before the weekend has given us a closer look at the upcoming BlackBerry Passport, an unusual device from the struggling manufacturer. We’ve seen the phone before, but only in picture form, so it’s interesting to see how it responds during some hands-on time.

What’s most striking, aside from the shape, is the dual function QWERTY keyboard. It can also be used as a touchpad, when a light touch sees you scroll and swipe around the screen, without fingers getting in the way of the display. There’s also a double tap feature which lets you move the on-screen cursor around. The keyboard itself has three lines, and is stretched out wider than those used on previous QWERTY BlackBerry phones.

Although the keyboard has touch functionality, the Passport’s display is also a full touchscreen, and will measure 4.5-inches and have an unusual 1440 x 1400 pixel resolution. According to BlackBerry’s preliminary specs for the unreleased device, it’ll be powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5GHz, along with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage memory. It’s unconfirmed, but rumors put the camera at around 8-megapixels.

When the Passport is finally announced, it will come with BlackBerry 10.3 installed, complete with BlackBerry’s own virtual assistant software, currently known as the, um, BlackBerry Assistant.

This won’t make the phone standout much, given such a feature is already available on most other smartphone operating systems, but the Passport’s design is sure to turn heads. BlackBerry said it has broken design boundaries with the new phone, and although it’s primarily made to appeal to business users thanks to the keyboard, the large square screen will apparently be equally as good for entertainment purposes.

We’ll have to wait and see how the Passport performs once it arrives later this year.

Mobile

North Focals smartglasses discount cuts the price by a massive $400

Canadian startup North is hoping smartglasses will be the next big wearable. After announcing its new Focals smartglasses in late 2018, the company opened product showrooms in Brooklyn and Toronto and has made its first shipment.
Computing

These Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will take your skills to a new level

Windows 10 has many new features, and they come flanked with useful new keyboard shortcuts. Check out some of the new Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your user experience and save more time!
Mobile

Love music? For audiophiles, the LG G8 ThinQ may be the best phone ever made

LG is expected to release a successor to the LG G7 ThinQ, possibly called the LG G8 ThinQ, this year and rumors about it are already spreading. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Mobile

New rumors suggest the iPhone 2019 will continue to use Lightning over USB-C

While it's not been long since the last iPhones launched, rumors for the next iPhone are already surfacing. Apple's 2019 flagship could include a variety of upgrades ranging from a new design to enhanced features.
Mobile

Samsung teases it will reveal its foldable phone during the Galaxy S10 event

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display tech for a few years and now a folding smartphone might finally arrive. The Galaxy X, or perhaps the Galaxy Fold, may be the company's first example. Here's everything we know about it.
Mobile

New Apple patent hints clamshell-style foldable phone may be in the works

Apple has filed a patent for a foldable phone that suggests the company could be following in the footsteps of the likes of Samsung and Huawei. The patent describes a clamshell-style foldable phone with two separate sections.
Mobile

Exclusive: Take a look at what a next-generation 5G phone will look like

With 5G phones debuting at MWC in mere days, there is discussion about whether they will be clunky bricks that die after a few hours? A reference design from Qualcomm offerrs a glimpse of the future: This is what 5G phones will look like.
Mobile

Xiaomi Mi 9 will be one of the first phones with monster Snapdragon 855 chip

Xiaomi's next major smartphone release will be the Mi 9, and the company hasn't held back in giving us a good look at the phone, revealing the design, the camera, and a stunning color.
Wearables

Galaxy Watch Active isn't official yet, but you can see it in Samsung's own app

Samsung may be about to resurrect its Sport line of smartwatches under a new name: The Galaxy Watch Sport Active. Leaks and rumors are building our picture of the device at the moment.
Mobile

Stop buying old tablets, says Samsung, buy the new Galaxy Tab S5e instead

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S5e -- the E is for Essential -- a reasonably priced tablet that includes many of the features we like from the Tab A 10.5, and the Tab S4. Here's what you need to know.
Mobile

Bag yourself a bargain with the best budget tablets under $200

The battle for your budget tablet affections is really ramping up. Which tablet, costing less than $200, should be commanding your attention? We take a look at some different options for the budget-conscious.
Computing

What is Wi-Fi 6? Here's a look at the next evolution of the wireless standard

We're exploring the new naming convention for wireless standards, how it affects the devices you buy, and what the upcoming Wi-Fi generation is changing for the better.
Home Theater

Samsung accidentally leaks its new Galaxy Buds ahead of launch

It's been all but certain that Samsung would launch a successor to its Gear IconX wireless earbuds soon, but a newly leaked photo and recent FCC certification document seems to indicate that the debut is very close.
Wearables

Focals succeed where Google Glass fumbled (but do we really need smartglasses?)

It’s been seven years since Google took the wraps off Google Glass. Now, we’re finally getting a modern-day equivalent we want to wear. North’s Focals combine subtle style with an intuitive interface to craft smartglasses you’ll…