The Blackberry Classic has been causing something of a stir recently, with people unsure why a smartphone company would want to take a step back with a new handset.
Blackberry’s chief executive officer (CEO), John Chen, even publicly penned a letter defending the Canadian company’s decision. Chen famously said in his blog post that ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’.
Well, the time has almost come for us to see if Chen is right as the new Blackberry Classic has opened up for pre-orders, which will be shipped in mid-December, just in time for Christmas.
It is only available through the Blackberry’s UK and US stores at present and will cost you £349 and we have no doubt that loyal lovers of the BBM messenger service will be rejoicing today at this news, especially if they remember the days before Blackberry jumped on the touchscreen bandwagon.
The Blackberry Classic will be less like the most recent Blackberry Passport and more like the Blackberry Bold, bringing with it the missed physical keyboard and navigation keys-never has a clicking sound been so missed!
However, there will still be some more recent features kept on the Blackberry Classic, such as a large square touch screen with a 720 x 720 HD resolution, which will keep those who don’t want to use the navigation keys happy.
Those who are pre-ordering theirs today can expect a dual-core 1.5GHz processor along with 2GB of RAM and a storage allowance of 16GB with the option to use a microSD card.
Camera-wise, the Blackberry Classic comes with an 8MP rear facing camera and a 2MP camera on the front. However, it is more likely that this will be used for business video calls rather than posing for ‘selfies’ like many other smartphones seem to be.
Will going back to classics pay off? We look forward to finding out next month.