Following a successful launch of the BlackBerry Passport in Black, the BlackBerry Passport is coming to the Middle East in white and is expected to be available in the BlackBerry store in The Dubai Mall and in all leading telecom retailers in the UAE from December 1, the company has announced.
“The BlackBerry Passport has been really popular here and has been selling well,” Mike Al-Mefleh, Senior Director, Product Management & Services Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, BlackBerry, told Emirates 24|7 during the recently concluded Gitex Technology Week in Dubai.
“We’re really excited about the reception, and people are liking it because it offers something different and at the same time something very productive,” he said.
BlackBerry claims the Passport is the first device to feature its new Qwerty touch-enabled keyboard, and now the device will be available in white.
As you may have guessed, the Passport is inspired by an actual passport, the universal symbol of mobility. “The shape stands out in the flood of smartphones and tablets – yet, it is manageable to put in your jacket pockets,” said Al-Mefleh.
It uses robust material such as Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for the display and forged stainless steel for added strength, and so offers the durability that business professionals require,” he added.
The BlackBerry Passport is one of the first devices to launch on BlackBerry’s latest OS platform, BlackBerry 10.3. it comes preloaded with new features including BlackBerry Blend and BlackBerry Assistant, as well as the BlackBerry World storefront and Amazon Appstore.
The BlackBerry Passport in white will be available for Dh2,699, the same price as the black variant of the new phone.
Al-Mefleh however reiterated that the BlackBerry Classic will be unveiled before the end of 2014 but refused to give a specific date. Meanwhile, the official BlackBerry blog has posted a hands-on video of the Classic, suggesting that it’s on its way and will be unveiled very soon.
“The BlackBerry Classic is fast and intuitive with that familiar BlackBerry feel. For those of you who’re looking to rediscover the physical Qwerty keyboard, this is definitely built for you,” said Donny Halliwell, a Social Media Marketing lead and Editor for the Inside BlackBerry blogs.