BlackBerry today launched a non-camera version of the BlackBerry Classic in the US. The handset might come handy for some users who are not authorized to carry a smartphone with cameras to office.
The BlackBerry Classic Non Camera is now available to pre-order at Verizon starting at $99.99 (Rs. 6,200) with a two-year contract while users can opt for an unlocked version at just $399.99 (Rs. 24,700). Both handsets are identical in terms of the design and specifications.
The BlackBerry Classic comes with a 3.5-inch square shaped screen and has a full keyboard. It also comes with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera on the back, and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for video conferencing.
Under the hood a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory and microSD card support (up to 128GB) is placed. Unlike other BlackBerry handsets, the Classic's battery is non-removable. It has a 2515 mAh battery, BlackBerry says it will provide up to 17.2 hours of GSM talk time.
The Classic is an LTE-enabled phone. The device also supports NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity. It runs on the BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS, Similar to the BlackBerry Passport.
In other news, an all-new full touch handset from BlackBerry has apparently been leaked online. The much-awaited Rio will reportedly feature a 5-inch 720p HD display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and 16GB of storage with microSD support. If reports are to be believed, then the BlackBerry Rio will replace the BlackBerry Z3 - the company's cheapest full touch phone.