Yes; you heard that right. The first Passport was not a BlackBerry. Incidentally, the first Passport was a QWERTY smartphone too, but by a different manufacturer. It was a smartphone released in 2009 by – guess – Huawei. Behold the Huawei G6600 Passport:
The Huawei G6600 was a candy bar messaging phone with a full hardware QWERTY keyboard, a 2.4-inch 262k colour TFT LCD display, Bluetooth, GPRS/EDGE (no 3G), media players and a 2-megapixel camera, and running on JAVA 2.0.
Now, you know.
You can read the release announcement here: Huawei Launches The New G6600 Passport and U9130 Compass Handsets for Business and Social Networking
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.