BlackBerry didn’t have much to showcase at the CES and MWC expos this year, but we do know that it’s working on new hardware. One of its upcoming devices called Oslo has been leaked online and it looks to be the successor to the much loved mammoth-sized Passport smartphone.
It’s no surprise that the company would want to continue its touch-type phablet lineup since it’s one of the most successful launches over the past few years. The BlackBerry Oslo doesn’t stray far from the Passport where design is concerned. Instead of a square design with sharp edges, the OEM has adopted a more rounded look much like the Passport variant that’s exclusive to AT&T.
BlackBerryCentral managed to get its hands on the above image and it notes that the phone was quietly showcased at the MWC. In the specs department, it doesn’t look like much has changed. Then again, hardware details are currently limited. What we know is that the phone will continue to have a 1440 x 1440 pixel LCD touchscreen with a 3-row QWERTY keyboard on the bottom.
Features such as a 13MP rear camera, a 2MP front shooter and a 3450mAh battery are also the same as what you’d find on the Passport, which does raise some concerns about the authenticity of leaked information. The processor used here is also a mystery, but we hope to see the Snapdragon 810 or even a newer chip onboard.
Oslo is obviously a codename for the device and we don’t think that the company will brand the upcoming phone the Passport 2. Also, the OEM has already confirmed that it’s working on a new tablet and a slider concept smartphone which was showcased earlier this year.
The source notes that the BlackBerry Oslo will be launched by the end of June which seems rather plausible considering that the Passport was announced in July of last year.