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Details emerge on BlackBerry's secretive Passport

Polish website gets early access to highly anticipated BlackBerry handset

Details emerge on BlackBerry's secretive Passport
The physical keyboard on the Passport doubles as a touchpad

More details surrounding BlackBerry's secretive new flagship smartphone, the Passport, have emerged thanks to the device falling into the hands of a Czech technology site.

According to Mobilenet.cz, the BlackBerry Passport was sent to its newsroom, giving the journalists the opportunity to write up a detailed review of the phone.

Despite being slated for launch in September, details surrounding the BlackBerry Passport have been scarce. All that the public had to go on was images of the device, which sports a peculiar shape - it's extremely wide, with what appears to be a QWERTY keypad along the bottom. Many thought that this design amounted to BlackBerry making good on CEO John Chen's promise to carry on with the physical keyboard format that the vendor's fans are so fond of.

However, thanks to the Mobilenet.cz review, it has emerged that the physical keyboard on the Passport actually doubles as a touchpad. The piece says that a number of gestures are available on the device - for example, users can simply swipe backwards to delete a word, or else swipe down to scroll through whatever is on-screen. The review said that it provided the accuracy and responsiveness of hardware keys, but the durability of a touchscreen thanks to the added gestures.

For the rest of the display, Mobilenet spoke highly of the Passport's performance - the 4.5-inch screen offers a 1,440 x 1,440 resolution and pixel density of 453 ppi. The battery is also highly praised, thanks to it being a 3,450 mAh monster. However, this has affected the weight of the device, which comes in at 195 grams.

The Passport's main camera is a 13-megapixel unit with LED flash that can record 1080p video at 60 frames per second. The review said that the device offered optical stabilisation as well.

The device sports 32GB of internal storage, though this can be upgraded with a MicroSD card, the site said. And for connectivity, there's LTE and NFC, though only 802.11n Wi-Fi.

According to the site, the Passport will cost $760 at launch in Europe, though there's no word yet on Middle East prices. Given its capabilities, it would be fair to assume that the device will fit around the AED 2,600 mark - pitting it against the Samsung Galaxy S5s of this world.

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