QWERTY fans haven’t been getting much love recently when it comes to mobile devices, but one company is still happily pumping out smartphones with physical keyboards. BlackBerry’s latest device, aptly named the Classic, offers an old-school smartphone experience, and now it’s headed to Verizon’s network.
The Canadian company just confirmed plans to sell the new phone through Verizon starting on Thursday, Feb. 26 for just $99 on-contract, though you’ll need to mail in a $50 rebate as part of the deal. You’ll be able to order the device online starting this week, and pick one up in-store starting on March 5. The QWERTY device is also available from AT&T as of last weekend, though we’re still waiting on Sprint and T-Mobile.
The Classic comes equipped with a perfectly square 3.5-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon S4 processor, a 2515 mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage expandable to 128GB via microSD. It runs the latest version of BlackBerry’s 10 OS software, including some impressive productivity and security features, along with access to Android apps.
If you’re a die-hard BlackBerry fan this may be the device for you. Of course, there’s also the more experimental BlackBerry Passport, but for traditional smartphone fans the BlackBerry Classic is the obvious choice.