Earlier this year BlackBerry had confirmed that in 2014 it will only released two high-end devices. The Passport has already been in the market for a couple of months now and has been performing well, exceeding BlackBerry’s own expectations, and only recently the company formally unveiled BlackBerry Classic. Its a smartphone that borrows function key belt and trackpad from the BlackBerrys of days gone by and is meant to attract BB loyalists. The company has posted a new video online which shows the user experience of this new device.
The reason why there’s a need to do this is because BlackBerry’s new operating system, BB10, which was unveiled last year has been built from the ground up for gestures. It virtually eliminates the need for a trackpad for function key belt which is why the Classic is the only BB10 compatible device that has these hardware fixtures. No other BB10 device has them.
This is why BB loyalists would want to check out the video and see how the trackpad and function key belt work on this BB10 powered device. The gestures will continue to work as well so they’ll kind of get the best of both worlds.
The BlackBerry Classic is already up for pre-order through the company’s own online store. It will start shipping by mid-December and it costs $449 off contract.