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BlackBerry leak reveals Passport and "Khan" smartphone to launch this autumn

Blackberry Passport

By Jane McCallion

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 11:38

Details of BlackBerry's 2014 roadmap have leaked online, showing the company will release not only the Passport this September, but also another device, codenamed "Khan".

N4BB has posted what it claims are genuine extracts from the company's strategy document for the year.

In it, BlackBerry outlines four device types targeted at four different market segments: "affordable" devices for ambitious youngsters in the corporate office; "classic" devices for older, traditional BlackBerry customers, such as the Q20; "innovative" for younger execs, and "prestige" for "extravagant" individuals who like their phones to be designed by Porsche.

The "innovative" section is illustrated by the BlackBerry Passport, still using the codename "Windermere". The company has already confirmed this device will be launched in September.

What it hasn't yet confirmed is the launch of the latest "prestige" model; however, the timeline indicates this will also launch in the third quarter of the year.

Codenamed "Khan", the device is likely to be the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 - a follow up to 2013's BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9982 luxury smartphone.

"Khan" will have a 3.5in touchscreen, 3GB RAM, Dual-core 1.7GHz CPU and 64GB storage according to N4BB, which claims to have seen specs for the device, as well as a $2,000 price tag.

The roadmap also indicates that the Blackberry 10.3 operating system and "Blend" software will be released at the same time as the Passport and "Khan".

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