BlackBerry Classic shows up on video, brings back the metal frame and keyboard shortcuts

BlackBerry Classic shows up on video, brings back the metal frame and keyboard shortcuts
Just a day before the BlackBery Passport launches, a thorough hands-on video of the company's next product, the BlackBerry Classic, showed up online. The 8-minute video compares the phone to older QWERTY phones and the all-touch BB Z30. It's hardly surprising that the Classic is pretty much a Bold with a contemporary build quality and BB 10 as its operating system. Speaking of build quality, the Classic looks respectable with its polished metal frame and big volume and power buttons.

While the screen bezel is hardly the thinnest out there, there is zero space wasted on the sides of its QWERTY keyboard. The phone can be controlled with both the keyboard, which features the classic BlackBerry "tool belt" - the row of Call, BB Menu, trackpad, Back, and End buttons - and the touch-screen interface. It seems users will be able to set custom keyboard shortcuts once again, because BlackBerry promised to bring them back in BB OS 10.3.1 - which is what the Classic and upcoming Passport run.

The BlackBerry Classic looks like an excellent upgrade for any Bold user. According to the video maker, the phone measures 5.11 x 2.83 x 0.35in (130 x 72 x 9mm), making if the thinnest one in the series. It has a 3.5-inch LCD display with the resolution of 720 x 720, which amounts to a decent pixel density of 291PPI. According to a previous benchmark, the Classic has a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM, and is powered by a 2515mAh battery.

The smartphone is expected sometime in December, at a price yet unknown.


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12 Comments

1. John.v2

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

why do they still make phones??

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Why do you still eat? Why do you still drink? Why do you still talk? Why do you still poop? Why do you still pee? Why do you still see? Why do you still breathe? It's basically the same kind of answer. You need to live, BlackBerry needs to earn money.

10. swisssri

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

Good answer xperiaDROID.

3. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I would imagine this would be maybe around the $400-450 mark at most, given that the Passport is a steal at $599. If BB abandons its premium pricing, it's simply going for cash flow and market share with hardware and rely on software for real margins, and likely to hope for people with the cheap hardware opting for paid BB services...

4. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Great. Hope it does well.

5. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

BB made a good decision with the Z3's pricing.With similar specs of the Q10,i expect the classic to cost around 350$

6. cabuya

Posts: 41; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

BB still have some juice left least to became the third OS and better now they can run android apps they only need a good all touch device they already have the z3 to covered the low end.

7. clayton

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 15, 2012

Good answer xperiaDROID.

8. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Price please I'm getting one

9. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I do miss my old Bold. But I think this will cost $499. I would like to know if those two grills on the bottom are both speakers? If so that would be awesome.

11. dodger

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

The BlackBerry Classic is expected to come with a 3.5-inch, 1440 x 1440 resolution display with 582 ppi pixel density along with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM and microSD card slot with maximum storage of 64GB. The phone may also have an 8 mega-pixel or 13 mega-pixel rear camera and come with a 2515 mAh battery cell. The BlackBerry 10.3 OS will be its operating system. In terms of connectivity, the BlackBerry Classic includes Wi-Fi, 4G LTE and Bluetooth, and supports NFC. The phone is also said to cost approximately $235. The company is reportedly planning to launch the BlackBerry Classic in an international event for the BlackBerry Passport on Sept. 24. www christiantoday.com/article/blackberry.classic.rele​ase.date.blackberry.passport.launching.familiar.qw​erty.design.updated.specs.features/40781.htm

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Classic is definitely right up there on my buying list with the Passport. It's so reminiscent of the workhorse known as the BlackBerry Bold. This handset is sure to be a hit with the BlackBerry faithful and the users still holding onto their BBOS7 handsets.

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