Just the other day, BlackBerry announced a new handset in the form of the BlackBerry Passport. Based on what we can see, the Passport appears to be the handset that has also been known by its codename, Windermere. Now apart from its unique shape and design, what makes the Windermere so special was its keyboard which was rumored to allow gestures.
BlackBerry did not really touch on that feature too much, at least not until recently when they might have revealed the keyboard’s features a bit earlier than they had planned. BlackBerry recently posted onto their blog describing some of the features of its keyboard. The post has since been taken down, presumably because it was not meant to go up yet.
However according to those who were quick enough to catch a glimpse at it, here’s a description of the keyboard as per BlackBerry’s post. “Ever been annoyed by your fingers obscuring, or worse, smudging, your touchscreen? Or had difficulty getting the cursor to just the right spot? Passport’s efficient design makes those problems things of the past. You’ll be able to navigate web pages, apps and e-mails by lightly brushing your fingers over the keys.”
The post goes on to elaborate on features like scrolling, cursor control and text selection, contextual virtual keys, character deletion, accented character input, and more. It certainly sounds like a unique feature although we guess we’d have to try it out in real life to see it performs as well as BlackBerry claims it will. In the meantime if you’d like to learn more, pop on over to the CrackBerry forums for the details.