BlackBerry Classic with a Full QWERTY Physical keyboard launched in India

Are you thinking of buying a latest smartphone with a full QWERTY physical keyboard? Then this post is certainly for you. BlackBerry has launched its latest smartphone named 'BlackBerry Classic'. Read its features, specifications and best price details here.

If you are one among the people who wants to buy a latest smartphone but bored with fully touch-screen, then this smartphone could be one of your choices. After the launch of the BlackBerry 10 OS (operating system) in 2013, the company started introducing touch-screen phones only. May be the company had changed its strategy due to increasing popularity of smartphones introduced by various companies like Apple, Samsung, Sony and other. However, sooner or later BlackBerry quickly realized that it can't compete in this market and hence, again started focusing on what it had been doing best.

Keeping Enterprise customers in mind, BlackBerry has launched a new smartphone called BlackBerry Classic with a physical keyboard. The physical keyboard is very helpful for working professionals - especially for drafting mails and attending calls. The Classic has better specifications that its predecessor, the Bold 9900 smartphone. Let's get deep into the specifications, features and availability details of BlackBerry Classic below.

Design & Feel

The front of the device is predominantly dominated by its 35 key Backlit keyboard and a 3.5 inch Square touch display. Beneath the capacitive touch screen with intuitive gestures, we could see an optical trackpad and classic navigation keys. The Lock & Power keys are provided on the top, volume buttons on sides and Micro-USB socket on the bottom edge.

BlackBerry Classic launched in India

The rear has rounded edges, the BlackBerry logo at the centre, an 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash provided in the left corner. The back panel is in black colour and the sides with grey coloured finishing.

Key Features & Specifications


The device comes with a 3.5-inch touch screen display at 294 PPI pixel density & a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels. It gives a vivid vision for the users.


At the rear, we could see an 8 mega-pixel auto-focus camera with features like backside illumination (BIS), 5x digital zoom and LED flash. It can record 1080p HD videos at 30 fps. For video chatting & selfies there is a 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera with 3x digital zoom option, at front.

Pre-loaded Apps

The Classic comes with a lot of pre-installed apps which include - BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Assistant, , Adobe Reader, Documents To Go, Box, Dropbox, BlackBerry Blend, Password Keeper and many more.

The other amusing apps include - BBM, BlackBerry World, Amazon Appstore, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare & YouTube etc.

Connectivity & Storage

The connectivity options include - Wi-Fi, 4G LTE (with support for Indian LTE bands), GPRS/ EDGE, GPS/ A-GPS, Glonass, Bluetooth, and NFC.

The smartphone is powered by a combination of a 1.5GHz Qualcomm (MSM 8960) processor and a 2 GB RAM. Which gives a high performance and a smooth experience while multitasking like playing games, watching movies & listening to music. It packs an internal memory of 16GB which allows you to store huge amount of Docs, Apps, Videos & lot more. Further, it can be expanded upto 128GB via microSD card.

Battery & Sensors

The phone comes with a 2515 mAh non-removable Lithium Ion battery which procures up to 17.2 hours of talk time and up to 15.2 days of standby time according to BlackBerry.

Moving on, the device sports a couple of sensors like accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity, ambient light, and hall sensors.

Price & Availability

The BlackBerry Classic is priced at Rs. 31,990 in India. Currently, it's available exclusively on Snapdeal and at all BlackBerry Exclusive stores. The online shopping website showers the first 1,000 customers with an 'exclusive offer' that gives buyback benefits up to Rs. 4,500 for BlackBerry Bold owners, as well as benefits of up to Rs. 10,000 from

Wrap Up

If you are one of those, who loves smartphones but hates touch screens or struggling with touch screen for business needs, go for BlackBerry Classic. Though the price seems high, it deserves for its high end features & specifications. However, it's your choice based on your need.

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Author: Timmappa Kamat28 Feb 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

BlackBerry has gone back to what it has pioneered in. They are the ones who started the qwerty keypads. Guess it would be helpful for those who are uncomfortable with touch screen keypad will be happy with the new device which aims to give the best of both worlds - touchscreen and physical keypad.

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