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December 18, 2014

BlackBerry Classic Launch starts in Singapore

classicThe BlackBerry Classic launched yesterday, featured a number of partners, business luminaries and BlackBerry executives – as well as the unveiling of this long-awaited productivity tool.

Watch the 2-minute video below from the event itself, which featured testimonials from customers eager for the return of a Classic, albeit, upgraded.

Following the launch of the BlackBerry Classic in New York, BlackBerry has now announced the BlackBerry Classic for Singapore as well. In Singapore, the device is available now through all of BlackBerry’s major Singapore operators.
The BlackBerry Classic went live in Canada through Virgin Mobile so, it will not be long before we see it in European countries.

Although familiar in appearance, BlackBerry Classic upgrades the BlackBerry® Bold 9900 experience with:

  • Three times faster browser
  • 60 percent more screen space
  • 50 percent longer battery life
  • Greater variety of applications through BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore

Faster Browsing
With browsing that is up to 3x faster than BlackBerry Bold 9900, and top-ranked rendering of modern web sites, the BlackBerry Classic helps you navigate the web. Upgraded.

Improved Battery
For people on the go, battery life is paramount. The 2515 mAh battery in the BlackBerry Classic provides up to 22 hours of mixed use – 50 percent longer than BlackBerry Bold 9900.

Larger Screen
The BlackBerry Classic has a screen that is 60 percent larger than the BlackBerry Bold 9900, allowing you to read more emails, see more apps and take advantage of faster browsing.

BlackBerry Classic Specs

Dimensions come in at 131 x 72.5 x 10.2mm and the BlackBerry Classic weighs in at 178g. On the front there’s a 3.46in LTPS TFT display with a 720 x 720 pixel resolution. That works out at 294ppi. A traditional 35-key backlit physical keyboard sits along the bottom half of the device and at the top of this layout is an optical trackpad.

Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset with dual-core Krait architecture at 1.5GHz, a chipset that is now, admittedly, getting a little old. There is also 2GB of RAM and 16GB of in-built storage with microSD support of up to 128GB.

On the back is an 8MP camera capable of 1080p video whilst on the front is a 2MP version with 720p video. We know for sure there is a nanoSIM slot, NFC connectivity,  and microUSB with SlimPort, but it’s currently unclear whether it will be capable of LTE 4G connectivity.

There are three microphones placed around the device to help out with noise cancellation. The battery powering it all is non-removable and comes in at 2515mAh.

All in all, on paper it looks a little disappointing compared to what we were expecting. It isn’t far off from the BlackBerry Q10 with only a few minor improvements in the battery department and the microSD support.

UK online retailer Clove Technology are reporting that the first stock of the Classic is due in early January, and will be selling it SIM free for £282.50 + VAT (339 including).

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini