Above: The BlackBerry Passport
Image Credit: BlackBerry
Slowly, but surely, BlackBerry is getting back up on its feet.
The company saw preorders for its BlackBerry Passport phone reach 200,000 during the first day of its announcement earlier this week, CEO Jon Chen announced during the company’s first quarter earnings call for 2015.
BlackBerry once again posted a loss for the last quarter, but it was actually good news since it was a much smaller loss than analysts expected, and it was also far below its earnings loss from a year ago. The company saw a loss of $207 million during the quarter, compared to a $950 million loss a year ago.
The square Passport smartphone is an attempt by BlackBerry to both offer something new, and hearken back to its roots as the ideal phone maker for businesses. The Passport has a physical keyboard, and unlike most phones today, it features a square screen, which could be ideal for working on spreadsheets and other business documents.
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