On Thursday, in its first quarter annual meeting, Blackberry confirmed that its rumored ‘Windermere‘ is ready to be released as Blackberry ‘Passport‘. This wide gadget has been given the name because of its passport-shaped design factor.
Besides this, the company also confirmed that this device will be released in September at an event scheduled in London. However, not much information is available in terms of its specifications. For now, the distinct form factor appears to be its most prominent feature. The Passport fully supports a square-shaped, wide display, and comes along with a QWERTY keyboard.
With this announcement, the reports that Blackberry has been working on a square smartphone have now been confirmed. In its developer listing, the company recommended the developers working on Blackberry 10.3 beta simulator to try out a square shape and resolution. Moreover, the developer is reportedly working on two more gadgets, a 4.5 inch high resolution smartphone (1440×1440 pixel), and Blackberry Classic.
Just now, many photos of Blackberry C-Series have showed up online. VNExpress reported that the specifications sheet of the C-series smartphone will have a 4.5-inch display, a 2100 mAH battery, 1.5 GB RAM, NFC and it is expected that it will run Blackberry 10.2.1.
Though on one side, there is no word on the region-specific release of Passport, however a recent Blackberry Z3 has been introduced in Indonesian markets last month. It is a mid-range smartphone, that comes along with a full touch 5-inch display, with a resolution of 540×960, and will run the latest version of Blackberry 10 OS. In another report, it has been stated that Windows Phone will be featuring BBM in July.
Z3 has been powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, having a dual-core processor with 1.5 GB RAM. Other than that, it has a 1.1 Mega Pixel front-facing camera and a 5 Mega Pixel back camera.
It is expected that Blackberry Z3 will compete with the hits of Lumia 630 and Moto G, and also with the latest range of Micromax Windows Phone handsets.