So while we knew that Verizon was to begin selling the BlackBerry Classic from yesterday onwards, what we weren’t prepared for was a special Non Camera version of the device. Yes, the carrier is currently taking pre-orders for a camera-less variant of the handset, but is not taking anything off its price tag for some reason.
The BlackBerry Classic Non Camera is perhaps meant for those employers who want the devices of their employees to be used purely for business purposes. It’s hence that both the front as well as rear snappers on the handset have been taken off, while keeping all other components intact.
This BlackBerry offering is scheduled to begin shipping from March 31 onwards. While its no-contract price has been revealed to be $399.99, signing a new two-year agreement with the Big Red carrier will bring the cost down to $99.99. In case you haven’t noticed, these are also the amounts that apply to the usual camera-bearing version of the handset.
Patrons in the US can also purchase the Classic with Verizon’s Edge instalment plan, which will let them take the device home for free, provided they promise to make 24 monthly payments of $16.66. This plan however will only be applicable for qualifying customers of the carrier.
A quick look at the specs of the BlackBerry Classic:
– Display: 3.46-inch, 720 x 720 pixels
– OS: BlackBerry 10.3.1
– Processor: 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 Plus
– Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (expandable up to 128GB)
– Camera: 8MP rear, 2MP front (Not present in Non Camera variant)
– Battery: 2515mAh
– Size: 131 x 72.4 x 10.2mm
– Weight: 177gms
BlackBerry Classic is distinguished by its fusion of modern components and old-school hardware. It comes equipped with a physical keyboard and the company’s trademark navigation keys which used to be present on its old handsets.