BlackBerry has a few new smartphones in its pipeline, and while the company has put most of its focus on hyping the upcoming Passport handset there’s one more device for BlackBerry fans to look forward to. A fresh batch of photos leaked today offering a close-up look at the BlackBerry Classic, despite earlier rumors suggesting it might not launch until next year.
The BlackBerry Classic is expected to target long-time customers who want a familiar experience. We see a rectangular display that’s somewhat bigger than the 2.8-inch Porsche Design P’9981. It also offers a simple design with round edges and a full physical QWERTY keyboard. One set of leaked BlackBerry documents called the Classic “powerful yet uncomplicated.”
That same leak suggested the BlackBerry Classic might not launch until 2015, though the launch may be sooner since the phone looks rather finished in today’s leak. The Canadian company is gearing up for a big event later this month, so it’s possible the Classic could make an appearance there. We’re expecting the BlackBerry Passport to grab most of the spotlight at the upcoming press conference, but maybe we’ll see two phone’s announced onstage instead of one.