BlackBerry is returning to its roots with its next smartphone release. The BlackBerry Classic — formerly known as the BlackBerry Q20, and the follow-up to last year's Q10 — takes the best elements of past BlackBerry phones and updates them for modern business users. Those elements include a full physical keyboard and even a touch-based trackpad for precise navigation. And it wouldn't be a BlackBerry without a slew of great security features that will put business users at ease. The Classic is slated to launch sometime in November. For now, read on for three features that could make it good for work.
Touch-screen keyboards are actually pretty accurate and responsive these days, but some users will always prefer the tactile feedback provided by physical keys. The BlackBerry Classic retains the company's trademark QWERTY keyboard that will help you type out emails with fewer typos than on a touch screen, though perhaps a bit more slowly. The Classic also includes a touch-based trackpad right above the keyboard for more precise navigation, when you need it.
The BlackBerry Classic is basically a bigger, better version of the BlackBerry Q10, which was one of the best keyboard-equipped business phones around when it launched last year. The Classic features a slew of hardware updates, including a sharp, 3.5-inch touch screen that's bigger than the 3.1-inch display on the Q10, but not as big as the square 4.5 x 4.5-inch display on the massive BlackBerry Passport. The Classic is also expected to pack a faster processor with 2GB of RAM for snappy multitasking, a beefy 2,515-mAh battery for all-day battery life and a microSD card slot to expand its onboard storage.
Great security features have always defined the BlackBerry model. The BlackBerry Classic doesn't have a fingerprint scanner like the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy Note 4, but it does offer built-in encryption for email and messaging, to keep private business communications private. BlackBerry also lets you encrypt any data stored on your device or microSD card using 256-bit encryption. In addition, BlackBerry Protect is a suite of features that use the device's built-in GPS sensor to help you track your phone if it's lost or stolen. You can also remotely lock or wipe the device from BlackBerry's Web portal.