Passport packed: Australian orders open for BlackBerry Passport, Android

In a world overrun with likewise specced and styled smartphones, BlackBerry dares to rage against the homogeneity with the BlackBerry Passport. And now Australians can decide if it’s a fight worth fighting.

BlackBerry today announced that the Passport– a smartphone with rather, er, special charms– is now readily available to buy in Australia.

Boasting a square touch screen, QWERTY touch-enabled key-board and BlackBerry’s latest 10.3 os, the Key won’t be transforming iPhone enthusiasts whenever soon. However BlackBerry has actually constantly focused on the business end of town, and claims that the Ticket supplies a “wider vision” for business on the go.

Prospective Ticket holders will need to pay Optus a check out, where the gadget is offered to order for $899 outright or on a variety of 24-month plans.

Hip to be square…

The Passport will certainly get you seen. Taking its inspiration from real keys, the device showcases a 4.5-inch square 1,440 x 1,440 resolution screen, which has it looking unlike other smartphone.

Charging in the office might be a distant memory, with the Key’s 3450 mAh battery unparalleled in the smartphone and phablet arena, while access to the Amazon App Establishment and BlackBerry World need to provide a suitable though not exactly exceptional app selection.

Powered by a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor with 3GB RAM, the Ticket likewise boasts a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation– perfect for capturing any incriminating workplace shenanigans– and 32GB of on board storage.

The BlackBerry Ticket is certainly an interesting piece of kit, but whether it will certainly be grabbed in place of an iPhone 6 or Galaxy Keep in mind 4 remains to be seen. We have our doubts. For now we’re putting it alongside the Galaxy Note Edge, in the category significant ‘brave’.