This month on the Port, its all business at Corner House-Kamwokya, the home of Kaymu a new start up e-commerce company under Africa Internet Holdings which also owns hello food and Lamudi. Last week the company CEO John Chen showed two new phones, the Blackberry Passport and the Classic. The former of course caught our attention more encountering both curiosity and criticism for its unusual size screen and keyboard. There is no way that this will shake up the smartphone industry, but what makes the Blackberry Passport Phone special – or worthy of mockery? Here is what we know so far.
Imagine a Galaxy Note 3 with a keyboard at the bottom, yes that how big it is. The odd device has a square 4.5″ screen with 1,440 x 1,440 resolution, which we could essentially be a QHD screen cropped to 1:1. The relatively mundane hardware and unusual screen are paired with a hitherto-unseen three-row QWERTY keyboard. The device is pretty wide, the screen alone is about 81mm wide.
The Passport is believed to be running on one of Qualcomm’s latest chipsets most probably the Snapdragon 800 series and will run the company’s Blackberry’s OS 10. For Blackberry fan boys out there will have to wait for a bit to get their hands on this phone and will launch in September later this year.SOURCE