New BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition a more durable smartphone

BlackBerry has released a new version of its flagship Passport smartphone, the BackBerry Passport Silver Edition, and it’s promising that it’s not only the colour that’s different.

Yes, the new handset does have a silver finish to complement the black QWERTY keyboard. But the Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone vendor also points to four other differences between the Silver Edition and its regular Passport models:

  • There’s a stainless steel frame that has been reinforced for more strength and durability.
  • The keyboard has been improved for easier typing,
  • Rounded corners and a diamond weave pattern on the back have been added for a better, more comfortable grip, and
  • Bevelled edges around the front-facing camera and a border around the rear camera to help protect them from wear and tear.

“We strive to deliver products that combine cutting-edge technology with purposeful, globally recognized design, and the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is the latest manifestation of this vision,” said Scott Wenger, BlackBerry’s global head of design, in a statement. “It brings together BlackBerry’s latest OS platform, enhanced productivity features, and a refined industrial design based on customer and user feedback to deliver an unmatched experience for professionals who value precision and focus.”

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Other than the noted differences, it’s a regular BlackBerry Passport. It features a 4.5″ square 1440×1440 pixel HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, boasts a hefty 3450 mAh battery, and runs the latest BlackBerry 10.3.2 operating system. It’s powered by a 2.2 GHz Quad Core processor with 3MB RAM, with 32GB internal memory and a MicroSD card that can expand it to 128GB.

The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is available now, starting at US$549. For a limited time, when bought from the BlackBerry website it comes with $130 in accessories, including a Flex Shell, Flip Case and Sync Pod.

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras is a technology journalist with IT World Canada and a member of the IT Business team. He began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada and the channel for Computer Dealer News. His writing has also appeared in the Vancouver Sun & the Ottawa Citizen.

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