BlackBerry hasn't been shy in experimenting with smartphone designs in an effort to bring its business back on track. Previously known as a gizmo brand that specializes in making phones with a physical QWERTY keyboard, they have released more "creative" handsets through the years.
We mean, have you seen the:
- Full-touchscreen Z3:
- Slidin' Torch 9800
- And the super blocky, almost-square Passport?
We applaud BlackBerry for being bold, but it looks like there's real clamor for them to go "back to basics," hence the launch of the company's latest creation, the BlackBerry Classic. This new BB handset is set to be available starting February 5 for P20,990 here in the Philippines.
Check it out:
One look and you'll know it resembles the BlackBerrys of yesteryears, like the Curve:
According to BlackBerry, the phone was designed based on extensive customer feedback. "The smartphone is specially built to meet the needs of productive people thriving on speed and accuracy that can be found with a physical QWERTY keyboard," they said in a statement. We wholeheartedly agree knowing that typing on a touchscreen is almost like a hit-and-miss affair.
That being said, the Classic aims to be current in terms of hardware. While it has a processor with only two cores, it does boast of 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable by 128GB via microSD). There's also a 3.5-inch touchscreen if your fingers feel tired of pressing on the physical keys or swiping on the trackpad.
Video via BlackBerry
The device is powered by the all-new BlackBerry 10.3 OS, which means it comes with additional nifties like BlackBerry Blend (a feature which lets you access messages and content found in your BlackBerry device using your tablet and/or PC) and BlackBerry Assistant (the company's answer to Siri). Nice!
What we like about the BlackBerry Classic though is its complete host of wireless connectivity options. 3G? Check! Wi-Fi? Check! Bluetooth? Check! NFC (for easy wireless transactions)? Check! 4G? Check!