Photo - Flanked by models at the Malaysian launch of the BlackBerry Passport, (from left) Ben Quirin, Managing Director of Indochina at BlackBerry; and Koay Seng Tian, Product Manager at BlackBerry Malaysia.
Featuring a large square touch screen and new Qwerty touch-enabled keyboard, the BlackBerry Passport has arrived in Malaysia and will first be available via Celcom from 10 October 2014 and then through other BlackBerry partners from 1 November, said the Canadian mobile communications firm.
During the announcement in Kuala Lumpur, BlackBerry's managing director for Indochina, Ben Quirin, said: "We are excited to mark a new milestone here at BlackBerry by introducing the first square screen design and touch-enabled keyboard smartphone - the BlackBerry Passport."
"Aimed at the mobile professionals, this ground breaking device equipped with the new BlackBerry 10.3 OS, will allow users to elevate their productivity and collaborate more effectively. The BlackBerry Passport will definitely be the talk of the town, breaking through the sea of rectangular-screen, all-touch devices," said Quirin.
He said the design was inspired by actual passports, "the universal symbol of mobility and therefore portable enough to store in pockets. The large square screen, built from Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and forged stainless steel, and overall design was aimed at providing the robustness required by business professionals."
The BlackBerry Passport also has the industry's first touch-enabled keyboard with gestures that make typing, editing and navigating more efficient and accurate, said Quirin. According to a BlackBerry user study, BlackBerry Passport's new Qwerty keyboard was almost four times more accurate than BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboards - the error rate was on average 74 percent lower.
In addition to a recent hands-on review of the BlackBerry Passport, which details many of the innovations offered by this device, please visit the Passport section of BlackBerry website.
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.