BlackBerry Classic poses for a pair of photos

BlackBerry Classic poses for a pair of photos
While the unannounced BlackBerry Passport has received a great deal of hype, BlackBerry has another high-end handset, the BlackBerry Classic, expected to be released before the end of the year. The BlackBerry Passport is expected to be supported by the enterprise, and by smartphone buyers who usually purchase flagship handsets powered by iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The BlackBerry Classic, on the other hand, is aimed at long time BlackBerry users who wouldn't consider any other platform.

The BlackBerry Classic brings back some old school features such as the trackpad, and function keys for Send, End, Menu and Back. In addition, the handset will offer the traditional physical BlackBerry QWERTY. It is nothing like the unique Passport keyboard, which doubles as a trackpad and includes virtual keys that appear based on context. The BlackBerry Classic will supposedly offer the best battery life available on any BlackBerry model, including the Passport.

The BlackBerry Classic will feature a 3.5 inch glass, and will be powered by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. 2GB of RAM is expected to be inside, with BlackBerry 10.3 pre-installed. This is a form factor that has performed well for the manufacturer, dating back to the BlackBerry Bold 9000. Expected to be launched in November, the BlackBerry Classic, along with the Passport, offer fans of the platform a potent one-two punch.

Check out the new pictures of the BlackBerry Classic in the slide show below.


source: Weibo via Crackberry

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Classic
  • Display 3.5" 720 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2515 mAh(11.7h 3G talk time)

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20 Comments

1. Rizchy

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Definitely looks better than the upcoming iphone 6.

2. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

a breath of fresh air from all those not so pocket friendly touch screens

8. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Hahahah haters, haters everywhere. The iPhone 6 is annoying you that much so that your are finding an outlet to your psychological problems on a Blackberry article. You seriously need to get a life, BRUH

18. Rizchy

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I see no reason to hate. I was simply stating the obvious truth that the iphone looks ugly based on the leaks. As a matter of fact I do use apple product as my daily driver (MacBook Pro, iphone 5 and iPad mini) . You may call me a fan but I disagree, am just intrigued by superb product and the iphone 6 doesn't fall within such categorisation.

3. hossamaltarawneh

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

I Would switch to the classic/passport eye folded. Way better than the iphone 6. That's me you know.

4. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Snapdragon S4? Seriously?

16. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

With their operating system being not as demanding as android, and a smaller non-touch screen of lower pixel count... I'm sure it will perform just fine. We sometimes forget that a one just needs to perform is functions well, and it doesn't matter as much if it has the latest hardware. Plus after processors got to a certain point, there is a diminishing return from each new advancement. Yes the benchmarks are better, but real world... will your life change if you're candy crush takes a second longer to load? Lol

17. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

My thoughts exactly. This is clearly a budget device designed to appeal to long time Blackberry users who refuse to modernize. It'll be an interesting experiment to see how many people are willing to spend money on waxing nostalgic for 2 years I guess?

5. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

I feel too bad for them...hope they continue innovating.

6. 13Elves

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

I would love to get them but there's no inexpensive BB10 Curve device. I'm not paying $500+ for a Blackberry handset.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Give it a few months after release. You probably will be able to pick one up for $0 with a 2 year contract. As a former BB Bold 9930 owner, the Classic has a certain nostalgic appeal to me. Hopefully BB fixed the UI problems of BBOS 10 with the Classic. I will definitely check out the Classic once they ship, if only for old times sake.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

If AT&T and Verizon carry the Classic like I suspect they will, you will most likely be able to pick one up for $0 anyway, with their new pricing plans. Not sure what UI problems you're speaking of on BB10. I have 3 BB10 devices and I have yet to see a UI problem. BB10 has the best UI out today, IMO.

7. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

It looks very sleek :)

10. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

Almost no one buys physical keyboard nowadays crying because personally like BlackBerry

11. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

Almost no one buys physical keyboard nowadays crying because personally like BlackBerry

12. shinywindow unregistered

What about apps do they have any?

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice looking handset! Very nostalgic indeed. The Classic will bring over a lot of BBOS7 holdouts to BB10. I will personally be picking one up. Great job on the Classic, BlackBerry!

15. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Omg I want this blackberry so bad where can I get one for At&t

19. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

I hate bb, but I do like their retro throwback design. Nostalgic. It would be pretty cool if other companies did a re release. Could you imagine if HTC re released the evo 4G with modern hardware?

20. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Garbage

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