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BlackBerry attempts to set a new trend in the smartphone market with the Passport's square display (1440p, 1:1 aspect ratio) capable of showing 60 characters per line. The Passport also comes with a high-end feature set, including a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera and 3GB worth of RAM. Its imaging power might also turn out satisfactory, with 13- and 2-megapixel cameras. Under its lid is a 3450mAh battery, one of the highest capacities we have observed on 2014 smartphones. Just like many BlackBerry phones, the Passport is equipped with a three-row full QWERTY keyboard.
Released alongside the BB Passport is this square-screened (3.5-inches, 720 x 720) model sporting the classic BlackBerry full QWERTY keyboard and navigation panel. The BlackBerry Classic's specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB worth of RAM to match. Probably in anticipation of business and multimedia use, its 16GB internal memory can be expanded to up to 128GB with a microSD card. This LTE-ready model also comes with BlackBerry's 2014 feature set, including the BB Hub, BB Assistant, and BBM video calling.
Question #1: Should it be a smartphone or not?
Blackberry's second collaboration with German luxury brand Porsche Design has a first-class exterior (satin stainless steel case with hand-made Italian leather backing) but rather moderate specs. Namely a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage memory, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 4.2-inch display with 1280 x 768 resolution and a pixel density of 356ppi. It also has a 1800mAh battery with up to nine hours (or 540 minutes) of talk time.
The BlackBerry 9720 is a typical BB phone with several nifty features including a dedicated BBM side button for quick access to all your conversations. It also introduces the Multicast and Share-right-from-Camera features separating it from older BlackBerry models. It sports a 5-megapixel camera complete with LED flash. The usual QWERTY keyboard below its special keys panel (with the signature touch gesture button in the middle) also find their usual positions on this entry-level BlackBerry model.
One of BlackBerry's attempts on full-touchscreen models, the Z3 offers several signature features alongside the BB Screen Reader and Magnify apps for users with poor eyesight. It runs the latest BlackBerry 10 OS, but is compatible with some Android apps, giving a touch of leisure to what is otherwise a productivity-oriented device. It also features the Balance technology that offers dedicated profiles for both work and leisure, probably so one does not get in the way of the other.
Running on a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960t Pro CPU at 1.7Ghz, the BlackBerry Z30 builds on the Z10 platform, but with a larger display (5 inches compared to 4.3) and a much heavier weight (170 grams, one of the heaviest smartphones). The new version also promises more talk time (18 hours) and a better 8-megapixel camera, with a 5-element set of optics and what BlackBerry calls Enhanced Super Resolution Digital Zoom that processes a 5x digital zoom.
The BlackBerry Q10, one of the first two smartphones to run the BlackBerry 10 OS, sports the QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry is famous for. It features a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a rather unique square resolution of 720 x 720. Main specs are generally above-average. For example, its video camera can record at full HD (1080p) resolution and it has a microHDMI out port for large screen playback. Its internal memories are also interesting, with a 2GB RAM and 16GB end-user storage.
BlackBerry introduces its flagship smartphone for the BlackBerry 10 Operating System — the BlackBerry Z10. Its features are average to high-end: A 4.2-inch touchscreen with a 720p HD resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 4G LTE technology. Two cameras are included: An 8-megapixel main camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing one. Finally, it is capable of recording videos at full HD resolution (1920x1020).
With its 720 x 720 display at a dpi of 329, the Q5's display makes it to the iPhone class. A dual-core 2.4 Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor and an impressive quoted talk time of 750 minutes complete the picture. Speaking of pictures, this apparently powerful texting phone only sports a 5-megapixel main camera (with 4-element lens), probably an indication of its corporate target clientele where camera phones are not always welcome.
According to the manufacturer, the Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry yet (only 10.5mm thick). It also features improved specifications, like a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen with Liquid Graphics and the new BlackBerry 7 OS.
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