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BlackBerry Passport Appears In Brief Hands-On Video

by Brandon Russell | July 10, 2014July 10, 2014 12:00 pm PST

BlackBerry’s Passport is a peculiar device, confidently challenging the norm of today’s beautiful candybar designs. The company is pretty sure you’ll choose it over something like a Galaxy S5 based on the design alone. But we really haven’t seen the Passport in action, so where the heck is all of BlackBerry’s hubris coming from?

Well, we’re not really sure, seeing as the company has mostly become a relic of its past self. Still, aren’t you at least a little curious as to how the Passport looks in action? It’s one thing to show us a bunch of pictures, and now, finally, we have a video of the device is action.

Thanks to BBRYFLOW on YouTube, we get a brief look at how the Passport looks out in the wild. Compared to devices like the HTC One (M8), Galaxy S5, and LG G3, the Passport is incredibly unique, rebuffing the dominate widescreen for perfectly square 1:1 aspect ratio. The screen itself is 4.5-inches, and still includes a fully functional QWERTY keyboard. It definitely stands out—and that’s exactly what BlackBerry wants.

The hands-on video you see above doesn’t really show off all that much. We get a brief look at the browser, at YouTube, at the hardware. Other than that, we don’t really get that good of a feel as to what the experience will be like. But it’s great to finally see this bad boy in action. The Passport is clearly aimed at a more business oriented crowd. But for people who watch a lot of video? Just watching that brief YouTube clip made me shudder.

It’s still unclear when the device will launch, but we’ll definitely hit you with details they become available.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...