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Video: A slab of asphalt survives being subjected to a BlackBerry Passport drop test

Updated Oct 30th, 2014 4:45PM EDT
BlackBerry Passport Drop Test Video

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The BlackBerry Passport is so big and rugged that it’s quickly garnering a reputation as the Chuck Norris of smartphones — in other words, we expect that when it’s subjected to a drop test, we’re more worried about what will happen to the parking lot asphalt than the actual phone.

RELATED: Are you man enough for the BlackBerry Passport?

CrackBerry points us to a new video posted by United Arab Emirates carrier Axiom that gives the Passport the full drop test treatment in a parking lot and finds that even if you drop the device from roughly 10 feet off the ground, it will still function and won’t have any cracks or scratches on its display.

So it really does look like the Passport is a very rugged device that can take a beating. This shouldn’t be surprising since BlackBerry has gone out of its way to make sure that its newest flagship device matches up with the needs of its corporate power user base and one of those needs is to have a durable phone. This is also why BlackBerry decided to equip the device with a massive 3450mAH battery that it says will offer 30 hours of battery life with regular use.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.