With another sneak peek of their innovative new BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry now takes you on a preview on how the keyboard on the Passport will revolutionize the mobile keyboard. BlackBerry has always been the leader of physical keyboards on mobile devices and now, they are on the edge of re-inventing the keyboard yet again.
Productivity will increase with the Passports new physical keyboard which is now touch sensitive. All you need to do to navigate the screen is lightly run your fingers over the keyboard which help with scrolling and cursor placement on the BlackBerry Passport's 4.5" screen.
How does the Passport's innovative keyboard help increase productivity? BlackBerry tells us how:
- Faster scrolling: As noted above, you can use the keyboard to swipe up and down to scroll on long lists in a document or on a browser page, keeping your fingers off the screen and focused on what’s happening.
- More intuitive cursor control and text selection: This is a classic BlackBerry productivity enhancement reinvented for the Passport. Double-tap the keyboard, then drag your finger across the keyboard to drop the cursor at precisely the right point. Or select the text just as you would on an older BlackBerry: hold the SHIFT key while dragging your finger across the keyboard to extend a selection.
- Smart, contextual virtual keys: The Passport’s QWERTY 3-row keyboard creates a clean-looking, right-sized layout. There is also a virtual 4th row on-screen that smartly shifts depending on context. So if you’re typing a password on-screen, the 4th row would automatically include numbers and symbols commonly used in passwords. If you’re typing an e-mail, the ‘@’ symbol will be displayed, and when surfing the Web, the colon and backslash characters needed to type in a URL will be displayed. Like I said, smart! With a little practice, most Passport users should find themselves typing faster than ever before.
- Flick to type: Stuck on a word? BlackBerry 10’s next word suggestion feature learns from you to give you smart, personalized choice of words you’re likely to type. You then just flick up to complete the word.
- Easier delete: Made a mistake? No problem, just swipe back (left) to Delete the last word, just like on our virtual keyboard!
- Entering an accented character? Hold the letter key down, and then lightly tap on the key to add the appropriate accent!
BlackBerry promises more sneak peeks still to come. So stay tuned for all the news on the BlackBerry Passport right here. Also, let us know what you think of the new keyboard in the comments below.