During MWC 2014, BlackBerry announced that they were working on a device called the BlackBerry Classic. Unfortunately apart from the fact that we know that it will pack an integrated trackpad, much like the BlackBerry devices from the good old days, not much else is known about the device, such as how it looks like, hardware specs, and availability.
The handset is currently pegged for a release later this year but thanks to a recent interview that BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen, did with USA Today, it has been revealed that the BlackBerry Classic will most likely see a release in November, although no specific dates were mentioned, but it’s definitely something to look forward to.
According to Chen, “It will include a keyboard and a good touch-screen, very fast Internet, Web-browsing capability and multimedia capability. But also it will be very productive and very secure. So, all the familiar things that people love, with some new technology updated. That will come out in November along with the server that helps companies manage devices.”
Chen has stated before how the BlackBerry Classic will appeal to old school BlackBerry users. It’s actually an interesting choice that BlackBerry is making. While OEMs are starting to move towards smartphones with even bigger screens than before, they’re actually working on creating more devices with physical keyboards. Will it pay out for BlackBerry? We guess we’ll just have to wait until November to find out.