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BlackBerry Classic specs and photos leak, shows little real improvement

Details of BlackBerry’s upcoming Classic have leaked, showing a device that boasts very little improvement over previous models.

The BlackBerry Classic, which is rumoured to be heading for a November launch, looks set to bring back many of the features that BlackBerry users have become accustomed to over the years, including a return for the ‘Menu’, ‘Back’, ‘Send’ and ‘End’ buttons, as well as that familiar trackpad.

The Blackberry Classic has leaked in photos, while the specs reveal not much improvement
The Blackberry Classic has leaked in photos, while the specs don’t point to any significant improvements

Disappointingly though, it looks like the Classic doesn’t feature much in the way of upgraded gear, with the same MSM8960 Dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and 2GB RAM as its older brother, the Z10. It also features an 8-megapixel primary camera and 2-megapixel secondary, though it appears that there could be some minor improvements in the camera tech if the Passport’s imaging chops are anything to go by.

The device will sport a 3.46-inch LTPS LCD squared display running at 720×720, offering 294ppi. Users can also look forward to NFC, WiFi and Qi/Powermat-supported wireless charging.

One area which looks like it could seriously cost the Classic some friends is its 2515mAh battery, which is housed in and therefore non-removable. Not great news if you’re a busy exec, struggling to get through a full day away from the charger.

While some users will undoubtedly be chuffed to see the return of some of their favourite BlackBerry features, there doesn’t appear to be much to get excited about in the Classic. Sure, it’ll likely keep ‘Berry devotees happy, but many of them will probably stick with their trusty Q10s or Z10s, rather than splashing out on a new device which is much the same as the old one.

Don’t forget to check out our review of the oddly square, and just-as-oddly appealing BlackBerry Passport.