The BlackBerry Classic is the subject of even more photographs

The BlackBerry Classic is the subject of even more photographs
Earlier today, we showed you a few pictures of the BlackBerry Classic, and mentioned some leaked specs belonging to the device. Now, we have a number of new photographs that show off the upcoming model. Unlike the BlackBerry Passport, which is the company's top shelf business-centric phone, the Classic is suited for long time BlackBerry users who are more interested in merging the old-school features like a trackpad and function keys, with the latest version of BlackBerry 10.

This would be the third new handset offered by BlackBerry since John Chen came aboard. This includes the BlackBerry Z3. This model was the first to roll off the Foxconn assembly line as part of an agreement BlackBerry has with the contract manufacturer. Foxconn designs, builds and stores these entry-level devices, while BlackBerry installs the software and handles marketing. These phones are made for emerging markets only.
 
The BlackBerry Passport is the second new model to launch during the Chen era, and it has been hard to find. The 1440 x 1440 screen is perfect for viewing charts, websites, and reports. The long battery life allows the phone to stay powered throughout the business day. Chen has already committed BlackBerry to produce a sequel of the phone.

And that leaves the BlackBerry Classic, expected to launch next month. This is Chen's offering for the die-hard BlackBerry fan, who remembers the good old days when the word smartphone was synonymous with BlackBerry. Check out the BlackBerry Classic, including the old school trackpad and function keys, in the series of photographs below.


source: SmartMania.cz (translated) via Crackberry

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25 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

What's so interesting about this device, seriously? It looks like just another generic feature-phone with a QWERTY keyboard...

2. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

"Unlike the BlackBerry Passport, which is the company's top shelf business-centric phone, the Classic is suited for long time BlackBerry users who are more interested in merging the old-school features like a trackpad and function keys, with the latest version of BlackBerry 10."

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22087; Member since: May 28, 2014

Couldn't have said it better myself. Those who don't understand, never will.

5. GreenZone

Posts: 146; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

blast from the past design, and the specs are medieval too... What a coffin...

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Those specs and design would scream dead on arrival.

3. acn2003

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

im going for it, always loved the elegance of bb phones. Its clean, and awesome for regular use.. hope the battery life is good..

4. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

as long as price follows how another similar s4 pro processer phone, this should sell.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Classic design shouldn't mean classic internals. This is 2014, should at least try to get some decent specs.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22087; Member since: May 28, 2014

Did you even read what BlackBerry has intended this phone for before you decided to make yet another BS negative comment on a BlackBerry article to satiate your compulsive disorder? "....the Classic is suited for long time BlackBerry users who are more interested in merging the old-school features like a trackpad and function keys, with the latest version of BlackBerry 10..." Taking this into account, and seeing your previous comment on this article, it's clear your intentions are here to troll, as usual. You are no better than those who go to an iOS article simply to bash the platform.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Obviously I "read" it otherwise I wouldnt have commented. Quit getting so sensitive over every little comment. No one said having classic features was bad, just make sure it's not running ancient hardware. I guarantee you'll just dismiss this as well.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22087; Member since: May 28, 2014

There is nothing wrong with the hardware on the Classic. The device is specifically designed this way for a reason. Had you actually "read" it instead of jumping to condemn BlackBerry like you normally do, you would understand this. So because I respond to an asinine comment with one that actually makes sense means I'm getting sensitive? I think you're the one who is getting sensitive because I keep calling you out on your trolling of BlackBerry. And we both know that you're really just trolling. You could care less about what BlackBerry actually uses for hardware. Therefore, you should concern yourself LESS with something you really don't care about, and more on that overpriced midrange phone with crappy build quality and software that STILL doesn't work with crippled features. Yes, I'm referring to your beloved iPhone. I guarantee you'll dismiss this as well.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Who says I don't understand? Just because they're targeting something doesn't mean I have to agree with it. But since you're taking potshots at Apple I guarantee you blackberry would kill for just a 10th of the profit Apple makes. Funny you call it a midrange phone when the benchmark results say differently. Checkmate

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22087; Member since: May 28, 2014

So you do understand, and yet you make an asinine comment anyway? Be careful, your lack of intelligence is actually showing. This isn't about agreeing with anything, it's about your constant trolling of BlackBerry. The fact that you claim to understand who the Classic is geared at and why it's spec'd the way it is and you still made the comment only enforces what I'm saying. So let's take potshots: I bet Apple wishes they had just said tenth of the hardware build and software capabilities that comes along with a BB10 device. Or maybe they don't, seeing as how they like to rip people off with their overpriced, poorly built, software bug-ridden products. No wonder the NSA said what the said about iOS users. And yeah, it's a midrange product with crippled features. Check and Mate.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're not hurting my feelings by insulting the iphone. Say what you want but I can sell my iphone right now and make 10x as much if I had sold my old blackberry assuming it'll even sell in the first place. You're the only one making asinine comments. If the iPhone was mustang why does it consistently outperform other phones in benchmark tests? Curiously you continue to ignore that. Checkmate

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22087; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you think that you're hurting my feelings by insulting BlackBerry? Hahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah​ahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! Not in the least. I don't give two rats scrawny behinds how much you will get for that bug-ridden piece of crap. It STILL had substandard software and build quality. Those are FACTS backed up by the way it bends when it shouldn't and how iOS software updates make iPhones unable to perform its primary task, which is MAKE A PHONE CALL. And yes, your comments on BlackBerry articles are asinine. It's amazing how you continue to duck and dodge or just flat out LIE about the fact that you do indeed troll BlackBerry. Curiously you continue to ignore that. And all of the benchmark tests in the world do not negate the fact that the iPhone has scrappy software updates that render it inoperable as a phone. But you curiously continue to ignore that as well. Oh, and Checkmate.

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol you throw a hissy fit every time someone makes a negative comment about the blackberry. Clearly you must be hurting somewhere. I'm typing this on iOS 8 right now. Try not be so full of it next time. You want to talk about hardware yet the same device you're praising is using ancient internals. You insulting the iPhone doesn't bother me lol. Like I said before the millions of devices sold speak for itself. Checkmate

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22087; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't throw "hissy fits". I question the logic behind someone constantly making negative comments on a certain type of article. If you don't like BlackBerry, as you clearly do not, why even read the BlackBerry related articles? It just doesn't make sense for someone to waste their time on something they clearly do not like. I think you're the one that's truly hurting because you get quite defensive when your constantly negative boosts are questioned by me. You're typing that on iOS 8? Isn't iOS up to 8.0.2 right now? Oh wait, that's the update that got pulled for "breaking" your phone even though it was supposed to correct 8.0.1, which was breaking your phone. And those two updates were released because of the shoddy 8.0 release of iOS. Oh yeah, real winning OS you have there. It "breaks" your phone. Those same "ancient" internals you are referring to not only allows the phone and OS to perform better than the iPhone, but the BB10 OS has one many awards, including one for best operating system. Millions of devices sold and 10 (I'm including the "S" and "plus" versions) iterations later and they STILL can't get the software and hardware right?! That's EMBARRASSING. No wonder iOS 8 is only comparable to Android ICS and BB10.1, Lmao!! Oh, and guess what? CHECKMATE.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"You're typing that on iOS 8? Isn't iOS up to 8.0.2 right now?" Strawman aside, does it matter? Feel free to start backtracking. You're throwing a fit right now lol. Otherwise I would not be having this pointless discussion. I'm not hurt at all. It's not like it crashed and burned straight out the gate like BB10 did.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22087; Member since: May 28, 2014

Funny how you attempt to call my valid point a "strawman". I also find it funny that you attempt to totally ignore the mishaps that occurred between iOS 8.0 and 8.0.2. Yes, it does matter, as: One: iOS is marketed by Apple as "the most advanced OS on the planet", and yet they still can't get the OS to function properly at all. Two: upgrades to iOS 8 have stalled BECAUSE Apple can't get the OS right. How's that for "backtracking"? You're the only one throwing the fit right now, as I counter your insignificant arguments point for point. If the discussion is so pointless to you, then why do you continue to respond? You are hurt, as evident by the fact that you keep on saying "I'm not hurt". And for an OS that you say "crashed and burned", it sure is LIGHT YEARS ahead of iOS in terms of functionality, speed, smoothness and raw power. It also TOTALLY crushes iOS in terms of privacy and security. The average consumer may go gaga over iOS, but the enterprise market stays as far away from that security-nightmare of an OS as possible, and continues to choose BlackBerry. Hope you removed all of your pictures off of iCloud, Lmao!

17. GreenZone

Posts: 146; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

Dont get me wrong! Flintstone would love those specs... Lol

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22087; Member since: May 28, 2014

This phone is indeed a Classic. Classic BlackBerry look and feel. Many here may not realize that BlackBerry 10 handsets do not need to be uber spec'd to put out great performance, thus they speak from a place of ignorance. This handset is sure to woo the BBOS7 holdouts and bring them to BB10. Great job on another beautiful looking handset, BlackBerry!

11. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Fact is there are people I know who want Blackberry's perfect keyboard, a relatively compact form factor that can easily slip into a business shirt, that has a screen that is OK for quick web surfing, but great for emails and that has great telephony with a long battery life. If that is what you're after, then this is perfect. Not as many of these people as there use to be, but still enough (hopefully).

12. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Bring it blackberry can't wait to get my hands on this masterpiece truly amazing collectors item.

13. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Why are the "Y" and "Z" keys swapped on the keyboard?

14. JOHNNY8573

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

ITS QWERTZ......THE ARTICLE WAS CZECK....SO A QWERTZ KEYBOARD MOSTLY USED IN CENTRAL EUROPE

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