BlackBerry ‘Classic’ smartphone lands in the UK

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Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry’s all new ‘BlackBerry Classic’ smartphone, which was officially unveiled last month, has finally hit UK shores.

High-street retailer, Carphone Warehouse has begun selling the smartphone at a price of £329.99 SIM free, or on contracts starting from £26.50 a month.

To recap, the successor of BlackBerry’s best-selling ‘BlackBerry Bold 9900’ dubbed ‘BlackBerry Classic’ features a 3.5-inch glass touchscreen, a qwerty keyboard, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage expandable by a microSD card up to 128GB, a non-removable 2,515mAh battery, 8-megapixel rear cam with a LED flash, a 2-megapixel front snapper and a textured plastic back. It runs on the latest BlackBerry 10.3 OS and supports native Android apps via the Amazon Appstore.

The smartphone maker is claiming that the new handset has a longer battery life (22 hours), a 60 percent bigger screen and a faster web browser than the preceding Blackberry Bold 9900.

As far as connectivity options are concerned, the handset supports 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4 LE.

There’s also the expected BB features on board, including the BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Assistant – that’s Siri/Google Now/Cortana alternative and BlackBerry Blend, first seen on the Passport, which allows users to check notifications, BBM, text messages, e-mails, documents and more, via a desktop computer.