BlackBerry's Passport launch got plenty of coverage recently – rightly so, as it's clearly one of the most groundbreaking new devices launched all year.
But what's the latest on the other new 'Berry we're waiting for – you know, the BlackBerry Q20 Classic first outed by BB boss John Chen all the way back in February?
Well, Chen himself has an answer for us. The Classic is still coming – but only in December.
As the name suggests, the BlackBerry Classic is a return to the “classic” BlackBerry QWERTY form factor the extra-wide Passport messes with so brazenly.
It packs a full QWERTY keyboard under a square 3.5in 720p display, with internals said to include a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.
Chen confirmed the Classic was still on track to launch this year at the Passport's own introduction in September, leaving us hoping for some action some time in November.
However, speaking at the MIT Enterprise Forum in Hong Kong recently, Chen revealed that the company's BES 12 mobile device management platform would be released on November 13, to be followed “one month later” by the Classic.
Whether that means December 13 specifically remains to be seen, but the point is we're looking at a mid-December launch timeframe, Classic fans.
You can check out the BlackBerry boss holding forth on the subject – and many others – in a lengthy video from the event embedded over on NDTV. Paydirt comes at around the 1h 05min mark.