BlackBerry Classic specs leaked

BlackBerry Classic specs leaked

Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has already begun something of a new era in 2014, with chief executive officer John Chen seemingly keen to help the company return to its roots as a supplier to enterprise customers.

The latest evidence of the company's strategy was the recent release of the Passport, which saw the firm mark a return to its traditional QWERTY keyboard, in an attempt to recoup business customers that were otherwise lost by rivals such as Apple and Samsung.

However, the Passport was not the only piece of the puzzle in terms of returning to its roots, with specifications now leaked for another upcoming phone, the rather appropriately named BlackBerry Classic.    

Photos of the device in the hands of Mr Chen have already been leaked, but now details of what is under the bonnet have also been partially revealed.

Sources suggest the new handset will have a square 3.46" LTPS TFT display with 720 x 720 pixel resolution (294ppi), which will be combined with the firm's traditional 35-key backlit physical keyboard and an optical trackpad.

Those features are allegedly set to be combined with three microphones that will help to enhance noise cancellation, making it an ideal product for those working in noisy environments.

In terms of hardware, the Classic could be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, which will contain a dual-core Krait at 1.5GHz, as well as 2GB of RAM, making it ideal for a number of applications.

There could also be plenty of space for users, with the Classic set to include 16GB of built-in storage, which may be expandable with a 128GB microSD.

The handset itself is powered by a non-removable 2,515mAh battery, while some versions will even have built-in Qi wireless charging.  

It could be an exciting return to form for BlackBerry, which first confirmed the release of the Classic, or Q20, back in February.

If the Passport was seen as something of a curveball for the company, the Classic is arguably a conservative return to its traditional roots.