BlackBerry unveils BlackBerry Classic with “familiar QWERTY design”

BlackBerry ClassicThe BlackBerry Classic is now official. As expected, it is a device that straddles the past with the return of the iconic BlackBerry button belt and the future with BlackBerry 10 operating system. Billed as a “no-nonsense smartphone built to meet the needs of productive people who appreciate the speed and accuracy that can be found with a physical QWERTY keyboard,” it is a device that former and current BlackBerry Bold or Curve users will feel at home with.

“We listened closely to our customers’ feedback to ensure we are delivering the technologies to power them through their day – and that feedback led directly to the development of BlackBerry Classic,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO at BlackBerry. “BlackBerry Classic is the powerful communications tool that many BlackBerry Bold and Curve users have been waiting for. It’s the secure device that feels familiar in their hands, with the added performance and agility they need to be competitive in today’s busy world.”

BlackBerry Classic specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (MSM8960)
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 10.3.1
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA+/GPRS/EDGE
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC
  • Display: 3.5-inch (720×720 / 294DPI) IPS with Gorilla Glass 3
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal storage: 16GB
  • External storage: MicroSD cards up to 128GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with f/2.2 lens and 1080p video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP FF with 720p video capture
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light, Hall sensor
  • Battery: 2,515mAh
  • Dimensions: 131 × 72.4 × 10.2 millimeters
  • Weight: 178 grams
  • Colours: Black
  • Other: 35 key backlit physical keyboard, optical trackpad and classic navigation keys

The BlackBerry Classic is now available through for CA$499 (US$449) unlocked as well as local carriers around the world. In Canada, it will be offered by Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, Virgin Mobile Canada and WIND Mobile.

Source : BlackBerry