White BlackBerry Classic arrives this week in selected regions

White BlackBerry Classic arrives this week in selected regions
The idea for the BlackBerry Classic came about when it was noted that older BlackBerry 7 models were outselling BlackBerry 10 handsets. One model in particular, the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 was outselling many of the newer handsets. When launched in 2011, the Bold 9930 was the manufacturer's flagship model with a spectacular physical QWERTY keyboard, the best BlackBerry browser to date, and a touchscreen.

Many BlackBerry faithful had expressed their desire to own the BlackBerry 9900/9930 if only it could be offered with BlackBerry 10 running the show. Since there was no way to update BlackBerry 7 machines with BlackBerry 10, the manufacturer decided to start from scratch with a old-school model that would run BlackBerry 10. So, the BlackBerry Classic was born featuring a trackpad, function keys and a, well, classic design that harkens back to the Bold 9900/9930. But compared to the Bold 9900/9930, the BlackBerry Classic has triple the browsing speed, 60% more screen space and 50% more battery life.

The BlackBerry Classic, which comes with BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS, offers the latest and greatest software features including BlackBerry Assistant, the platform's version of Siri, Cortana and Google Now. The OS build also comes with BlackBerry Blend which allows you to view content from your phone right on your PC, and the Amazon appstore from where you can install Android apps for your phone.

Starting this week, the BlackBerry Classic will be available in white in Indonesia and Hong Kong. The white Classic will rollout over the next several weeks at online and carrier retail stores in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Like the black version of the device, the white BlackBerry Classic will have a 3.5-inch screen protected by Gorilla Glass 3. With a resolution of 720 x 720, the phone sports a pixel density of 294ppi. Under the hood is a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU with the Adreno 225 GPU handing graphics. 2GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of native storage. A 128GB capacity microSD slot is at the ready for those needing more storage. Back and front-facing cameras weigh in at 8MP and 2MP, respectively. A 2515mAh battery keeps the lights on.

If you're seeking privacy, the BlackBerry Classic comes out of the box encrypting your email, browsing and BBM communications. And now, the old-school phone is available in white. For long time BlackBerry fans, life can't get any sweeter.

source: 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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21 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice! For those nostalgic for the BlackBerry design of old, or for those that just love the "tool belt" on a BlackBerry, this one is for you. Old school design with new school software. Classic.

2. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

This is where Blackberry got it wrong. The BB OS 7 was outselling the BB OS 10 device because THAT PARTICULAR BB user were not looking for the best device. They just bought it for BBM because some of their family refuse to move on, and they need BBM to communicate.

3. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

BBM is cross platform (you can download it on iOS, Android and Windows devices). The Classic is a great device if you liked the Bold and Curve. Personally, I love my 5" full touch device Blackberry z30.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

BBM is available on other platforms provided both parties have it.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's the same with every IM client.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Thank you. Short but very pointless.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

As was your comment #5. And BBM is available on other platforms whether both parties have it or not. Comment #5 was a complete fail.

6. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

And that's the reason that BB handset sales number has dive.... Because that user don't need to buy BB anymore to use BBM. But that doesn't mean people want classic. Blackberry were reading the wrong signal.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

You have no idea what you're talking about. BlackBerry specifically made the Classic because the users demanded it.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

As of last quarter, BlackBerry 10 devices out-shipped BBOS7 devices. 90% of the devices shipped were BlackBerry 10 devices, so BlackBerry obviously didn't get it wrong.

13. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Really? sales down from 13 million device (per quarter) to 1 million device (per quarter) and you said BB got it right?

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yep. Especially since they are no longer a hardware dependent company. But a narrow minded troll like you just wouldn't understand that.

15. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

So, are we talking about BB device not selling well, thus BB make the wrong decision on the device or we talking about BB turn around and around and around and getting lower and lower and lower revenue but bb addict don't want to understand the fact that's the sign of failure?

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

How is their revenue getting lower if they posted a small profit the last two quarters? What is it that trolls like you don't understand about BlackBerry?

17. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

You really in denial. Their revenue is getting lower But the great John Chen cut the expense very big to make the profit. He SACK lots of BB staff, and do lots of budget control. BTW, I thought that you were getting better, and will do less trolling. If you do trolling, and close your ear and yell "lalalalala" again --- Trolling & lying. I'm not gonna answer any of your word again.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think the one in denial here is you. You have never used BlackBerry 10 before, so how can you logically comment on it? You call me a troll, and yet, all you do is post negativity and FUD on BlackBerry articles. Hypocrite, much? BlackBerry turned a profit the last two quarters, no matter how you slice it. Chen trimmed the fat. That's what any CEO worth his weight would do. Their software is up 22% vs last quarter. And software is BlackBerry's main focus right now. I don't give two rats scrawny butts if you never reply to me again. How about you stop posting on BlackBerry articles also? That would be great! All you do is post negative BS all day, never even attempting to hear the facts out, so good riddance.

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I tried a passport for a week and while the hardware was amazing I hated the software. Everything took five steps and as such I became frustrated. Also the apps situation is terrible. I ultimately went back to my note 4

19. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Great Move. The Note 4 is a much much better phone in everyday and is a true business phone for professionals. Great choice

7. Zanatech

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

very nice

18. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Another phone that is an embarrassment. Nobody is going to buy this. Give up already

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

You really are a broken record here. Try coming up with something new. Same old rhetoric.

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