As expected, BlackBerry officially took the wraps off the Classic smartphone in India and it will start selling the handset from today. The phone is priced at Rs 31990 which is much higher compared to what you’ll have to shell out for the Q10 that offers similar hardware expect for the traditional button strip.
What makes the BlackBerry Classic such an interesting device is that the company has merged its latest BB 10.3 OS into a traditional BB design. And it has even brought back the conventional key strip which was considered redundant on previous QWERTY phones. The extra row adds a back option, answer and reject keys, a dedicated menu button and also the popular optical trackpad.
What’s interesting is that BlackBerry has even thrown in a touchscreen display of 3.5 inches that shares the same 720 x 720p resolution as its predecessors. And on the inside, there’s a 1.5GHz dual core Krait processor from Qualcomm, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The phone will also support 4G LTE and HSPA+ cellular networks.
The hardware employed here makes the Classic a mid-range release at its best when compared to the competition. But it should appeal well to loyal BlackBerry fans who still hold onto their outdated Bold and Curve devices.
BlackBerry Classic specs at a glance:
– OS: BlackBerry 10.3
– Display: 3.5-inch 720 x 720 pixel 1:1 touchscreen
– Processor: 1.5GHz dual core Krait (Snapdragon S4)
– Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 128GB expandable
– Connectivity: 4G LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
– Camera: 2MP front, 8MP rear
– Battery: 2515mAh
BlackBerry has partnered with Snapdeal to exclusively offer the Classic smartphone in India. There’s no word on whether the phone will be made available through local retail stores.