200,000 orders for BlackBerry Passport on first day


First BlackBerry handset in more than a year reporting strong sales

BlackBerry chief executive officer John Chen claims that the firm took 200,000 orders for the BlackBerry Passport within 24 hours of it going on sale.

The square-shaped handset, the first one released by the Canadian manufacturer in more than a year, was launched on Wednesday and went on sale in Selfridges immediately, with Carphone following suit today.

Chen confirmed the strong orders on a call to discuss the company’s Q2 2015 which saw the firm lose £127 million for the three months ending August 30.

The device has a 13 megapixel rear camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory that can be expanded by 128GB with a microSD, a quad microphone system and 3,450 mAh battery. BlackBerry claimed that it is the largest battery among the top selling smartphones and phablets, and when tested against “a very active user”, provides up to 30 minutes of mixed use and is its best battery power to date.