At the Passport event, CEO John Chen had confirmed that BlackBerry Classic will be unveiled before the end of this year. Chen has now announced, on BlackBerry’s official blog, the arrival of the Classic and the company has effectively begun pre-registrations to let users know of the availability and be notified by email. Also Read - Blackberry 5G smartphone 2021 comeback confirmed again, to bring physical keyboardsAlso Read - Blackberry is coming back once more, will debut in 2021 with a flagship keyboard phone
Writing an open letter, Chen addressed the re-invention of Classic in terms of design and software. Confirming the return of top row navigation keys and a physical trackpad, Chen said that these are the features that many BlackBerry fans missed when the company rolled out its revamped BlackBerry 10 line of devices last year. However, full specifications of the device were not released. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
Chen conceded that the company has made some mistakes in the last few years saying, It’s tempting in a rapidly changing, rapidly growing mobile market to change for the sake of change to mimic what’s trendy and match the industry-standard, kitchen-sink approach of trying to be all things to all people. When we lose sight of what you want and you need, we lose you.” He added that the company recognized that their fans missed the Bold because it got the job done easily.
Several image and specification leaks of the new device that have surfaced online so far show a sneaky resemblance to the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Apart from the trackpad and navigation keys, the traditional QWERTY keypad is also coming back with the BlackBerry Classic. It also has an aluminum frame and a rubberized rear panel.
From what we know so far, the Classic is said to be featuring a 3.5-inch (720 720 pixels) display and run on BB10.3 OS. The handset is also expected to house a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, and a 2,515mAh Battery.