News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday June 19, 2014.
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As BlackBerry reported yet another weak financial quarter in which it lost money, the company, said it lost less than many had expected, and it's hoping services and new phones will contribute to a return to profit in 2016. The next step towards the road to riches will apparently be the BlackBerry Passport, a phone with a 4.5-inch square display and a physical keyboard.
CEO John Chen last week revealed that he would like to pursue "phablets" to resurrect his business, but he has also said BlackBerry wouldn't abandon its core strengths like physical keyboards. The Passport will give him a chance to do both, but it will be incredibly difficult. BlackBerry has had a hard enough time connecting with consumers in recent times, and introducing such an oddly-shaped smartphone will be a tough sell.
BlackBerry revealed during its earnings call today that the Passport will have a 4.5-inch display with a high-quality 1440x1440 resolution (452.6ppi). Not much was said about the phone because there's still work to be done. However, Chen promised that an official Passport launch event will take place in London this September, so we can expect more news within a few months.source: Mobile Syrup, via: Techcrunch
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.