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BlackBerry Classic hands-on: First look

GSMArena team, 17 December 2014.

Introduction

BlackBerry Classic has been teased and leaked numerous times before and the veil surrounding the future of BlackBerry has been finally lifted. The manufacturer is returning to its roots bringing back the classic QWERTY keyboard, the iconic square trackpad and the traditional hardware controls.

Mixing new technologies with old traditions BlackBerry Classic is supposed to achieve success with both newcomers and loyal fans. And indeed, things look promising – the Classic is a compact phone with a high-res touchscreen, snappy hardware, a critically-acclaimed design and all the features that once made BlackBerry a best-selling company. And it works with Android apps as well.

BlackBerry Classic Handson

The smartphone has been available on pre-order in the USA for a while but with all the important details from its specs sheet missing, we are surprised it has been a reported success, as per Blackberry’s own account.

We got to spend some quality time with the BlackBerry Classic at its launch event in New York today, and we are ready to share our first impressions. Does adding a touchscreen and BlackBerry OS 10 works well with the old-school keyboard, trackpad and control deck? Let’s find out.

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