This past fall, Blackberry introduced the Passport, its Snapdragon 801-powered flagship. With a hardware keyboard, square display, and harshly-angled exterior, it wasn’t a smartphone for everyone – though to BlackBerry’s credit, the company’s not afraid to do things differently from the rest of the smartphone pack. But with the new year upon us, we’re also getting a slightly tweaked new edition of the Passport, as BlackBerry smooths-out those corners and prepares to bring a slightly softer-looking Passport to AT&T.
Inside, it’s the same Passport that launched in late September: 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440 display, 32GB storage (with microSD expansion) 3GB of RAM, and that Snapdragon 801 we mentioned. It’s got a big 3450mAh battery, optically stabilized 13MP main camera, and a 2MP camera around front. And of course, it’s running the latest BlackBerry 10 OS.
AT&T intends to sell the Passport for about $200 on contract, or nearly $650 free-and-clear: that’s a bit pricier than the $600 BlackBerry itself is asking for the carrier-unlocked edition (though you don’t get this snazzy new curved-corner design). Sales will begin “in the near future,” though a precise date hasn’t yet been made public.
In addition to the Passport, AT&T also shares new details about its previously-confirmed intent to carry the BlackBerry Classic. That phone will sell for just $50 on contract, or $420 full-price. That one, at least, is slightly cheaper than the $450 BlackBerry is charging.