BlackBerry has not told us much about the design of the upcoming revolutionary Passport device until now. We have been able to piece together a bit but now BlackBerry has finally come out and rounded out a few details about why they are returning to the classic square screen in a larger form factor. They detail that they are offering the same viewing space as a 5” smartphone screen in a 4.5” square screen form factor.
They also base the dimensions on topology where the optimal characters in a line for a book are 66 with current rectangular smartphones supposedly only showing 40 and BlackBerry’s currently showing 60. In other words it is all about aspect ratio as you see in the picture above.
Here are a few use cases that BlackBerry shares for the added screen real estate:
- For architects and mortgage brokers, imagine being able to look at full designs and schematics on the go, and still being able to handle piles of virtual paperwork with ease.
- In the healthcare field, picture being able to go through x-rays or medical documentation in the office with a patient, on a device that can maintain the necessary security standards for HIPAA compliance.
- In the area of finance, how about navigating your Web-based trading platform on your device? With enough screen real estate, you can clearly see the fluctuation in your stock and determine whether it’s time to sell.
- Writers will truly be unlocked with a navigable keyboard, while the large square screen enables faster content development and delivery. When you are looking to type stories or notes, your virtual keyboard doesn’t cover most of your screen.
What do you think of the new screen size?