BlackBerry shows off Classic keyboard shortcuts in new video

BlackBerry shows off Classic keyboard shortcuts in new video
While the BlackBerry Classic can already be pre-ordered in the US and Canada, it won’t start shipping before December 17. Until that day comes, BlackBerry thought it would be useful to share some of the keyboard shortcuts available on the new smartphone.

Since the Classic features a traditional BlackBerry keyboard, it comes with some of the shortcuts that current or previous BlackBerry Bold users are certainly familiar with. Almost every letter on the QWERTY keyboard can be used as a shortcut for various functions (examples: long-press B to launch the browser, long-press N to launch BBM, long-press C to compose a message with BlackBerry Hub, and so on).

The Classic runs BlackBerry OS 10, and costs $449.00 (unlocked). Its features include a 3.5-inch display with 720 x 720 pixels and a decent 291 ppi density, 2 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera, dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage space, and a 2515 mAh battery.

At the moment, we don’t know if any US carrier is planning to offer the new BlackBerry, but we’ll let you know if we hear anything about this.

Related phones

  • 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)



1. Busyboy unregistered

Only thing stopping this from going big is the price.

7. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

For a device with 3.5 inch display and an OS that doesn't sell, the price is too ouccchhhh... I think this should be priced around $120.

20. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

120$?! Now This is a joke Try finding something as productive as this for 120$ Try findingssomething as smooth as this for 120$ try findingssomething as powerful as this for 120 $

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. The haters just don't get it. It's like trying to explain it to a brick wall, or paint that's drying. They just don't understand.

29. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Why when someone speak realistically should be called a troll? BB fans really don't get it why BB falling so hard. It's like talking to smallvile people.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

But you're not speaking realistically. You're trolling. All you ever do is comment negatively on BlackBerry articles with no links to back up your provide nothing as facts. That's TROLLING. You even bring up BlackBerry in articles that have nothing to do with BlackBerry. That's TROLLING.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Only thing? I can think of several

2. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Nice, good use of the Keyboard.

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

This thing is so overpriced. $100 more than the Nexus 5 for a feature-phone...

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You're right. It's got features that the Nexus will NEVER have, like security.

6. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Exactly. I don't know why anyone would call this a feature phone.

8. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Because just like WP, the app store selection for BB is not good.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This phone is for those of us who actually work and create the products and services the world needs. We don't care about killing flying pigs or what Kim Kardashian is doing. Secure messaging and secure access to our networks is what BlackBerry does better than anybody. There ain't no app for that.

18. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

You mean, this phone is for those who don't know there were phone with better spec/feature with more reasonable pricing.... I don't care about silly Kim Kardashian, but that doesn't make this phone worth a dime!!

28. eidsonb

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Now not so much...Native BB apps AND almost every Android App there is.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. This is something the fandroids and the iFans just don't get, and never will.

37. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

its not bout features. its bout brand image vs the average concumer. and with that price being overpriced it will be a failure.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

I guarantee you this phone will sell very well among BlackBerry loyalist and BBOS7 users, as well enterprises and regulated industries. That's BlackBerry's intended audience for this and all of their handsets, not the general consumer populace. The sooner people realize BlackBerry's intended audience, the sooner you'll realize that handsets like this won't be a "failure". And with BlackBerry users, IT IS about features: features that the other OS's don't do too well, like security and privacy.

39. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

The problem is... the so called BB loyalist is NOT much. Most of bb user already FLEEING to iOS/android. The sooner you'll realize that you will understand why BB ALREADY FAILED.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

In your dreams, troll. BlackBerry has a installed user base that's over 60 million strong. Those are the BlackBerry loyalist. And that's NOT including the enterprise market and regulated industries.

42. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

BB only have 40 Million user LEFT. and that's INCLUDING the enterprise!!!! Today BB has 91 million BBM user, of which 40 were using BB device, and 51 were using android/iOS device. and NOT all that user were BB loyalist. Many were using it just because it's required or can't afford new device. The one that were not forced to use BB already run away.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're incorrect about BBM as well. BBM has 91 million MONTHLY ACTIVE USERS. The installed base on BBM is about 113 million. The remaining BlackBerry users are indeed loyalist. That's also evident in the latest reports from Kantar and ComScore, which stated BlackBerry's market share remained FLAT, which means there were no losses. Learn to read.

43. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

A simple math can be use to calculate the BB loyalist / real user number. Right now BB sold 10 miilion device/year (and declining) supposed bb replacement rate is 2 year (judging on how you and other BB PR team suggest want to get passport and clasic ASAP), that's mean ONLY 20 million real bb user that were REALLY interested in BB device. or, if you put 4 year replacement rate, that's ONLY 40 million. Still far than what you claim 60 million strong!!!

44. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

Are you kidding me? You think I'm going to take the math of a troll on face value? Someone who hates BlackBerry? Get real, kid. Also, you're basing your mathematics on DEVICES SOLD, not installed base. The BBOS7 holdouts HAVE NOT upgraded due to them wanting a device more like the Classic. My numbers are correct. A year ago, BlackBerry's user base was at 79 million.

45. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

One year ago, BBM for iOS/android is not available yet. After BBM for iOS/android is available, MORE THAN HALF that were kind of forced to use BBM already run away. The multiplier effect is already big. BB saw the biggest slump in their sales. So, what's your math... do you math.... I want to see your explanation.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

BBM for Android and iOS has absolutely nothing to do with BlackBerry's installed user base. Their sales remained flat, according to Kantar and ComScore, and BlackBerry's own ER stated they sold more BlackBerry devices than this past quarter than the one before it. Your math is pitiful, at best.

9. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I don't know what John Chen smoking in waterloo, but it seems it's very good that he feel very high.

4. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I'd buy one for the nastalgic factor but the price is a bit hjgh. Will always love you BlackBerry but I'll pass once again ❤

15. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

that shortcut keyboard is BB 10.3 feature, not only for BB Classic

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22191; Member since: May 28, 2014

There is something that all of the trolls and haters just don't get: BlackBerry is not a CONSUMER product. It's for enterprise and regulated industries. BlackBerry releases products which enable people to get things done, and they do it better than anybody else. Consumer apps that are just a waste of time like Facebook, Candy Crush, Crazy Kitchen and so forth is not what BlackBerry is about. Yet still, for those who want a powerful OS with rich security features(better than ANYONES)and the ability to play these games and use apps that waste time, BlackBerry has partnered with Amazon to offer such things for those who want it. For those that feel that BlackBerry will never succeed, think again. They have already been succeeding in a market that they dominate over all: ENTERPRISE. This is a fact and common knowledge, despite what the trolls and simply uninformed have to say. Even the greatest of Android vendors, Samsung, has partnered with BlackBerry in order to truly build secure Android devices. This is not a dig against Android, but when it comes to security, they just can't compete with BlackBerry. The same goes for iOS devices. They are even LESS competitive in security offerings, which is why Apple is teaming with IBM. That partnership, however, STILL doesn't match what BlackBerry has to offer: a secure end to end solution. Haters and trolls like SaintHelena and Mxyzptlk think it's all about the consumer market. It's not, which is why Samsung and Apple are desperately trying to make a dent in the enterprise field. BlackBerry is far more than a hardware company that makes smartphones. They are a Software and solutions company for Enterprise and Security, and they do it better than anyone else. Oh yeah, these shortcut features implemented in BB10.3 enable BlackBerry devices to be even more productive. Great move by BlackBerry once again, for returning this feature to BlackBerry 10 devices.

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