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F1’s Rosberg, Hamilton launch white Blackberry Passport in Dubai

New-look handset available in Middle East from December, says vendor

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton poses for photo taken with a white BlackBerry Passport at the handset’s Dubai launch.
F1 driver Lewis Hamilton poses for photo taken with a white BlackBerry Passport at the handset’s Dubai launch.

BlackBerry today announced that its Passport handset will be available in white in the Middle East from 1 December.

The company unveiled the new-look handsets in its brand store in Dubai Mall on Thursday, with Mercedes Petronas F1 team drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in attendance.

Featuring a large square touch screen and new QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard, the BlackBerry Passport is aimed at "productivity-driven business professionals".

Inspired by "an actual passport, the universal symbol of mobility", according to BlackBerry, the handset is built from "robust materials" such as Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for the display and forged stainless steel for the chassis.

"The large square screen is optimised for viewing and creating content, and will make everyday tasks like reading and writing emails, reviewing and editing documents, Web browsing, and map navigation, more comfortable and effortless," BlackBerry said in a statement. "The BlackBerry Passport includes the industry's first touch-enabled keyboard with gestures that make typing, editing and navigating more efficient and accurate."

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