Some smartphone makers release one device after another or sometimes even a few at a time. BlackBerry, however, has different tactic. Having gone through really tough times, the Canadian manufacturer doesn’t want to throw a bunch of phones to the market hoping that customers will be satisfied. That would be too risky and risk is not what BlackBerry needs right now. With that in mind, the company made the BlackBerry Classic which is now available for pre-order unlocked for $449 unlocked.
Blackberry Classic with QWERTY Keyboard
The Blackberry Classic came to being as an answer to customers’ requests. True to its name, the handset brings to mind good old BlackBerry phones – it has the same familiar design with a physical QWERTY keyboard complete with classic navigation keys so loved by BlackBerry faithful fans, including back and menu buttons as well as dedicated keys to start and end phone calls. BlackBerry also promises “amazingly fast and astoundingly beautiful web browsing” and a “battery that powers through.” The Classic will come with the latest version of BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 on board and will offer the ability to install Android apps.
Although the Classic is already available for pre-order, BlackBerry will hold a special event on December 17th during which the handset will be officially announced. That’s quite an unusual practice, since typically phones go up for pre-order after they are presented to the world. Anyway, hopefully during the unveiling event BlackBerry will share more specifics with us, because the information provided on Classic’s product page is very general, to say the least.
Whatever details we have regarding the phone’s specs come from leaks and may not be 100% spot on. In case you want to know, the leaks mention a 3.5-inch display with 720×720 resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,515 mAh battery.
The phone is expected to start shipping around mid-December, possibly after it’s announced. BlackBerry devices are aimed at a very specific group of users and for this reason initial supplies are usually limited. Previous models of BlackBerry phones sold out fast, so unless you want to wait for your Classic for a few long weeks (or longer), we suggest that you place your order rather sooner than later.
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