updated 01:07 pm EDT, Tue September 2, 2014
BBOS addition BlackBerry Blend may appear alongside Passport at events
BlackBerry has sent out invitations to events held in Toronto, London, and Dubai on the 24th of September. The invite offers little in the way of clues as to what the three events will involve, but the use of a map and a plane symbol suggests the manufacturer will be formally launching the Passport smartphone, while rumors claim it could potentially include a software update allowing for the usage of BlackBerry Messenger from a desktop rather than a smartphone.
Earlier leaks claim the BlackBerry Passport has a 4.5-inch display with an unusual 1440x1440 resolution, protected by Gorilla Glass. Inside is said to be a quad-core Snapdragon clocked at 2.2GHz with an Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a hot-swappable microSD slot for storage expansion. On the back is claimed to be a 13-megapixel camera with a five-element f2.0 lens and 5x digital zoom, with the front 2-megapixel version also said to have a 3x digital zoom, while the uptime for the 3,450mAh non-removable battery is said to extend to 19 hours from an eight-hour charge.
According to BBIN, BlackBerry Blend will be making an appearance as part of an upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3 update. The software allegedly works in tandem with desktop and mobile apps to let the account holder read and respond to messages and notifications, access BBM groups and channels, and read SMS messages on the associated BlackBerry device. Calendar functions and file transfers between the BlackBerry smartphone and another device can also be performed through Blend, claims the report, with enterprise users running BES10 able to access the corporate Intranet privately via a secure connection.
If BlackBerry Blend is real, it will apparently require a computer running OS X 10.7 or Windows 7 at minimum, with tablets running iOS 6.0 or Android 4.4. Despite the ability to access and manage BBM conversations, it will still require a BlackBerry device running BBOS 10.3 in order to function, rather than allowing direct access to a BBM account from a desktop or accessing the app version on another brand of device.