BlackBerry Passport clears global customs this Wednesday, windows mobile phone

To paraphrase The Beatles, BlackBerry has a ticket to ride today, and they don’t seem to care if US providers are on board with those plans or not as the onetime Canadian smartphone giant believes square for its newest handset.

The Wall Street Journal today reported that BlackBerry Ltd. plans to introduce its most current smartphone this Wednesday, that strange 4.5-inch square called Ticket, which will certainly sell without provider subsidies for $599 (about UK ₤ 366, AU$ 676).

BlackBerry Chief Executive Officer John Chen figures that’s a bargain as compared to hot brand-new smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Apple’s iPhone 6, which can be purchased in the United States off-contract for as little as $649 (about UK ₤ 397, AU$ 732).

Passport marks BlackBerry’s very first worldwide launch for a handset since the ill-fated arrival of BlackBerry 10 last year, throughout which time rumors of a distinctively shaped smartphone with the business’s traditional physical keyboard in tow first started to emerge.

Aiming for enterprise

Chen claims Ticket, which is being marketed even more to BlackBerry’s standard enterprise crowd than consumers, will offer battery life of 36 hours, plus a ‘huge antenna’ capable of better reception than competing handsets.

Despite the unconventional form factor, Ticket isn’t really precisely a slouch in the specifications department: Information of the 1440 x 1440 display screen with a pixel density of 453 ppi were very first made public last month, and Chen states the greater resolution ‘permits users to view 60 characters on each line,’ much more than the common rectangular smartphone.

BlackBerry is likewise throwing everything but the kitchen sink into Passport’s internals, with to a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, expandable to 64GB even more by popping in a micro-SD card.

BlackBerry plans to introduce Ticket to world this Wednesday with a simultaneous launch in Toronto, London and Dubai, followed by immediate accessibility in lots of establishments and extra markets including Asia within a couple of weeks.