High-Res Square Display Adorns BlackBerry's Next Smartphone

September will see BlackBerry launch a new smartphone at an event in London. Pictures and specs posted by N4BB, though, have spoiled the potential surprise (and delight?) of the BlackBerry Passport's design, perhaps unfortunately. I mean, just look at it:


No punctuation keys on this keyboardNo punctuation keys on this keyboard


Indeed, the device, codenamed Windermere, looks to carry a truncated version of BlackBerry's famous keyboard, made swipe-able via capacitive touch capability, alongside a 4.5” square display with a sizable 1440x1440-pixel resolution (that's 480 pixels per inch). The result is one of the more unique-looking smart-devices to show up lately.

Note that the upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3's development kit, which came out last month, hinted at support for that screen resolution. Now we know what the device behind it may look like. The Passport is seemingly not just an up-sized version of the 3.1” BlackBerry Q5 and Q10, which also use squarish displays.


The bit at the top is supposed to detach to access micro SD and SIM card slotsThe bit at the top is supposed to detach to access micro SD and SIM card slots


N4BB also shed some light on the inner workings. A Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974 SoC, packing four Krait 400 CPU cores and Adreno 330 graphics, calls the shots, backed by 3GB of RAM. There's a 3450 mAh battery, sadly un-removable, plus 2 and 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back of the device.

Of course, we'll have to wait until September for any further info, unless there comes another leak. Meanwhile, you can look through BlackBerry 10.3's official list of planned features, which includes Amazon's Android app store, a quick settings menu, and home screen endless folders.