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BlackBerry Classic officially launched

BlackBerry Classic officially launched

BlackBerry has officially released its Classic smartphone, almost a year after it first revealed plans for the device.

The old–style handset looks just like the BlackBerry devices that were once the mainstay of the smartphone world. The Classic rocks a physical QWERTY keyboard designed for smashing out important emails in a trice.

The square, 720 x 720 pixel, 3.5–inch screen has touch capabilities, while it comes with an eight megapixel camera round the back. Under the hood, the BlackBerry Classic packs a dual–core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, putting it well behind the quad–core stylings of top–end smartphones from the likes of Samsung and Apple.

But that’s not really the point of this phone. The Classic is all about going back to basics. The BB10 platform it runs on is solid, if unspectacular, although it can run Android apps making it a viable device for those who want a more rounded smartphone as well as an email–focused phone. CEO John Chen says the Classic is being marketed at its core users first and foremost.

BlackBerry says the Classic will be up for grabs globally from network partners, although you can snare it now directly from the Canadian company. The phone will set you back $449 (£286).

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