The BlackBerry CEO was talking to CNBC about the new BB Passport. He highlighted productivity as one of the reasons why the square smartphone was built. Chen said that the Passport was aimed at people with business in mind.
“And, in that sense, BlackBerry Passport sets the tone for what we do and how we do it. We don’t expect to sell a handset to everyone and don’t expect to take down the consumers who love to play games on their iPhones. But we do want to provide an experience that caters to the mobile professional – anyone who relies on their device to do their jobs. As I like to say, most smartphones are better designed for helping users kill time than making the most of it.
Innovations with the BlackBerry Passport focus on things that matter: advances in battery life, an innovative screen, a multi-function keyboard and seamless synchronization of contacts and documents across devices, and aggregation of all messages (email, text, social, etc.) into one actionable hub.”
The BlackBerry Passport was launched earlier this month featuring a square 4.5″ display (1440 x 1440 pixels). There’s a 13MP camera on the phone as wells as a 2.1MP front-facer, sealed 3450mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage and an all-powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
John Chen is from Hong Kong, China. He became the CEO of BlackBerry last year at the age of 58. Chen has a degree of Electrical Engineering from Brown University, Rhode Island, United States.