The BlackBerry Passport is still their flagship product and to keep up with the rest, it has released a new Silver Edition. Essentially this is the same Passport as before with a squarish 4.5″ screen that does 1440×1440 pixels resolution along with a 3-row keyboard that doubles up as a trackpad. The internals remained unchanged with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The difference is on the exterior where it gets a “Porsche Design“-like appearance without the crazy price tag. It is supposed to be a premium upgrade over the current Passport with a stainless steel frame with rounded corners. The back gets a textured pattern for better grip and the camera lens now has a ring element that protects it from scratches. The keyboard also gets some subtle improvements for better typing while on the go. And you get all of these for an extra US$50 over the standard BlackBerry Passport.
The optics are the same as well with a 13MP f/2.0 main camera with Optical Image Stabilisation, while the front gets a 2MP fixed focus camera. Powering the device is a 3450mAh non-removable battery that is rated to last 30 hours of average use. When compared with the earlier Passport, the Silver Edition is taller and wider but it is slightly thinner at 9.25mm (Passport: 9.30mm). It is heavier at 205 grams, in comparison to the original Passport that weighs 196 grams.
The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition available now in the US at US$549 (about RM2,126) and they are giving out US$130 worth of accessories if purchased directly from their online store. For BlackBerry fans in Malaysia, it should be heading to Malaysia soon since it was certified under SIRIM earlier last month.
For more info, you can check out the BlackBerry Passport page.