BlackBerry Classic (Q20) will be launched in December

BlackBerry Classic (Q20) will be launched in December
The BlackBerry Classic (initially known as Q20) was first revealed in February, at the same time with the BlackBerry Z3. While the Z3 is available in some markets since May, the Classic has yet to be released. Last we heard, the handset was supposed to go on sale in November, but this won’t happen after all. Instead, the new device will be launched in December.

Speaking at the MIT Enterprise Forum in Hong Kong, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that BES12 (BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12) would be released on November 13, while the Classic would arrive “one month later.” You can see Chen talking about this in the lengthy video that’s embedded below, immediately after the 1:05:00 mark.

As its name suggests, the BlackBerry Classic marks a return to the classic BlackBerry design. It’s got a full QWERTY keyboard below a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, while other features reportedly include a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, and a 2515 mAh battery. Pricing details haven’t been revealed, but we don’t expect the BlackBerry Classic to be too expensive anyway.


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23 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Should've gone that route a long time ago

2. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Nope! They should go exactly the route Chen has set them on. Passport then Classic.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I mean before Chen when they were bringing out BB10. Chen's work is respectable. A classic and the Z30.

4. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

That I can kind of agree with. BlackBerry should definitely have dropped The Classic and the Z30 as their first devices. Wow… I just agreed with Mxy.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Passport and Classic were both in pre-production before the arrival of Chen, I believe. He did see the devices to fruition, though. These devices, along with the Z30 are great devices, with the Z30 showcasing what an all-touch BB10 device can do, and the former two sticking to the tried and true PKB. The Passport and the Classic are really showcasing BlackBerry's ability to make both innovative handsets, as well as handsets that the BlackBerry faithful have been clamoring for. I'm actually surprised you haven't trolled BlackBerry with your comment. Glad you didn't. I think you are actually becoming a BlackBerry fan.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not becoming a blackberry fan. I just think they should stick to what made them relevant in the first place.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Which is EXACTLY what John Chen has BlackBerry doing.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

True, they should have. Past management made many mistakes, but with Chen in charge, all is being set right within BlackBerry.

8. AnTuTu

Posts: 1595; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Remove the freakin physical keyboard BB :(

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

That would be the wrong thing to do. BlackBerry fans/users LOVE the physical keyboard. It's also one of the main ways BlackBerry differentiates its hardware from everyone else's.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Eagerly awaiting the release of the Classic! While the Passport is in high demand and showcases that BlackBerry is still as innovative as ever, I do believe the Classic will sell more handsets than the Passport. Both are great devices. Great job, BlackBerry!

10. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Can't wait

11. dome888

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

who cares

14. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Ugh. I'm a phone fanatic, I watch the phone news feeds all day when I'm not busy working and this is something I can't even fathom: who the target market is. All the old Blackberry fans have moved onto other platforms. Because Blackberry has let it's OS atrophy. Instead of making their own OS and blazing their own path to irrelevance they should have capitalized on Androids popularity and used AOSP and skinned the bejesus out of it and they would be the go to manufacturer for keyboard enabled Androids. Then maybe they could have had 10% of Androids 1 billion handset marketshare instead of a couple percent of the overall market share which equates to a few million in sales total. Look at Microsoft, they're a software company who is having a hell of a time in third place becoming relevant. I love Windows Phone and would actually use it as a daily driver for a while if it doesn't have an app gap. My main issue is the lack of a Safeway app, and an official app for my bank. I couldn't do everything online thru their websites like add items to my "U Coupons" or deposit checks; I just couldn't live with the platform any longer. I also had an issue with the lack of Dropbox, HBO Go and Xfinity TV Go, but those are secondary desires. But my point is Windows Phone is years ahead of Blackberry in application development yet they are having a hard time staying relevant. Blackberry should have cut all those problems out and just skinned Android.

16. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Do you know who is Eric Schmidt? He is the head of Google who happens to make Android OS. His main phone for daily use is a BlackBerry 9900. So I think he might be interested in this.

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Don't know about Schmidt, but Larry Page uses a Bold 9900 and was even the subject of an article here on PA a few weeks ago showing him at a meeting with the BB in plain view.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Correction: All the old BlackBerry fans HAVE NOT moved on to other platforms. BlackBerry has a HUGE BBOS7 installed base that's just waiting for a phone like the Classic to drop to make the switch to it. True, old management really "screwed the pooch", but John Chen has the company back to an upward path. One needs only check BlackBerry's latest ER and see the demand for the Passport and popularity of the Z3 to see this. Android fans always say that BlackBerry should have gone Android, but the "Android only" path is not working out so great with HTC and Sony, now is it? Even Samsung is dropping in sales. BlackBerry did the right thing by staying with their own OS. While they may not have much market share in the CONSUMER market, BlackBerry owns mobile ENTERPRISE MARKET, with some 60% market share. BlackBerry 10 is an AMAZING OS. Have you used it for any real length time before? BlackBerry is not looking to become king of the hill in the consumer market. They are looking to maintain their lead in the enterprise market, and they are doing just that. BlackBerry's target market is the ENTERPRISE MARKET, by the way. John Chen has said so on numerous occasions.

15. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

As a former BB user and owner of a rarely used Z10 part of me wants this. But then I ask myself can I really give up my 6.4 inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra for this? And can I really give up my main apps for streaming live news? I guess I will see if AT&T picks it up then decide.

20. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

quad core????

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