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BlackBerry Passport’s QWERTY Keyboard Functions as a Touchpad [Watch Video]

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | July 22, 2014 9:52 AM EST

BlackBerry Passport's striking square design and the physical QWERTY keyboard are very unique and have the potential to create a new trend in the technology world. This ambitious design combined with killer phablet features is expected to be released in September alongside iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Also, a brand new video showcases the ability of BlackBerry Passport's physical QWERTY keyboard doubling as a touchpad.

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BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen holds up the unreleased Blackberry Passport device during the company's annual general meeting for shareholders in Waterloo June 19, 2014. BlackBerry Ltd posted a narrower-than-expected loss as the troubled smartphone maker's turnaround efforts started to pay off, raising hopes Chen can deliver on a pledge to return the company to steady profits.

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In addition to the touchpad feature, the ability to scroll web pages by sweeping the finger slightly on the keyboard is a helpful addition. Also, the BlackBerry Passport lets users to double tap the QWERTY keyboard to place the cursor in the required spot on the display, says Phone Arena. Interested readers can scroll down to check out the 2 minutes hands-on video uploaded in YouTube.

Other salient features include a 4.5-inches display bundled with a resolution of 1,440 x 1,440 pixels and a pixel density of 453 ppi. The device will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with a powerful 3 GB of RAM. In addition, the Passport is expected to sport 13 MP rear-facing camera, and a 2 MP front-facing shooter.

Furthermore, the device will house a solid 3450 mAh battery unit and 32 GB of internal storage capacity. The phablet will also come with microSD card support for memory expansion up to 64 GB. The BlackBerry Passport will run on BlackBerry 10.3 OS with the company's very own personal digital assistant dubbed "BlackBerry Assistant" packed out-of-the-box. Additionally, this device supports NFC, along with the standard connectivity options.

The BlackBerry is always known for its optimized battery unit. Therefore the Passport could very well have enough battery charge to run all day without requiring a recharge. Furthermore, the phablet comes equipped with BlackBerry Natural Sound that helps improve the quality of phone calls. Also, there are a total of four microphones on the device, which helps in reducing the external noise levels. The BlackBerry Passport also houses stereo speakers, says Phone Arena.

In addition to allowing minimal gesture controls on the display, the virtual keys on the screen rely on the context of what is being used at the moment. Say for example, when a user is typing down an email, the "@" key will be visible automatically based on the context.

Here is the video uploaded by a YouTube user named Sultan AlFardan:

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BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen holds up the unreleased Blackberry Passport device during the company's annual general meeting for shareholders in Waterloo June 19, 2014. BlackBerry Ltd posted a narrower-than-expected loss as the troubled smartphone maker's turnaround efforts started to pay off, raising hopes Chen can deliver on a pledge to return the company to steady profits.
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