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BlackBerry CEO John Chen gives brief demo of the BlackBerry Passport

By Bla1ze on 20 Jun 2014 09:28 pm EDT
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen is in a position right now many of us wouldn't mind being in when it comes to getting his hands on the latest BlackBerry devices. Yesterday during the media session we caught plenty of great images of the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic but today over at BNN, they posted up a video of John Chen giving a brief demo of the BlackBerry Passport. So awesome. Unfortunately, BNN doesn't offer any embed options for their video so you'll have to head on over to the site in order to watch it or check out the video Kevin captured and posted to Instagram.

There's been plenty of talk about the Passport since its unveiling yesterday so make sure you stop by the CrackBerry Forums if you're looking to discuss it more or see what others are saying about it.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen gives brief demo of the BlackBerry Passport

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You know what im going to make sure Im the 1 millionth to have this phones they look So sexy i know they will sell alot And the classic i hope im the winner And You guys Send it to me crackberry.

Posted via CrackBerry App

What, no track pad?
KB looks a bit too small and without bottom clearance for the 'power users'.
(John is shown to have the unit solidly placed on a table, not the way most KB phones are used.)
Maybe not a good fit in the hand, with hard edges and corners.
I'm waiting to see the 'Classic' before I make any decisions to upgrade.

Heard that before. The screen is the track pad! Nothing beats an actual track pad when you are on the road, well, maybe a track ball, but mechanically, troublesome.

To Mr. Madony, the classic has already been revealed lol its actually even in the video sitting right next to the passport lol -__-

Posted via my STILL NEW Zed30

With reported 80% of the BB users being so called 'business users', will the Passport be a replacement for their current OS7 devices? Will the 'personal users' go over to the Passport from iP or Samsung? Will the 'Classic' be more acceptable to BYOD users compared to what they have or the Passport?
We have seen the images of the Classic and Passport, but only in the hands of the users will these answers be had.

BB has had many OS10 missed steps, where the Z10/Q10 have not captured the imagination of the market. BB currently only has 1% of the market, compared to about 20% of the market not so long ago. Will these new devices be so innovative that they will allow them to increase market share?

New devices are nice and all but they're all still limited by BB10. It has the potential and is so much better than it was but was a half-baked release (like the PlayBrick). They have so few loyal users these days, they should have a "trade in your PlayBricks for a new device and stay with us" program. I know that if I have to spend cash, it's not going to be with BBRY. Too many promises, too little faith. 5 good years + 5 not-so-good years. 10 years is enough. BBRY should thank Bell for covering the cost of the Q10 for me (a thank you from Bell to me, as i've been with that carrier for over a decade) because i'd not be using a BBRY today had they not done so. I'd be pretty pissed had I had to spend money on this double-typing mess of a device. Text selection is still so poor on BB10 that they're bringing back the track pad (which is great because I miss it). Actually, if BBRY was going to run some sort of loyalty "stay with us" program, i'd trade my two 64GB PlayBricks and my Q10 for a shiny "new" 9900.

Posted via CB10

Lol I guess you don't know that Bell didn't really give you a free phone...

Part of your monthly plan payment goes toward paying the phone. After Bell has made itself whole for paying BlackBerry for your phone, they continue to charge you the same monthly amount, but the amount that was going toward your phone is now just profit to line their pockets.

That's how subsidized phones work...

Now, now kids. Behave. Yes, I must have one of these. But even better would be a 6.5 inch version of the z30 with an even bigger removable battery, dual sim, dual SD card (one allows program installs), and a killer app called a universal control for all my multi media devices.

Posted via CB10

That sounds like a winner to me. Now that the OS is basically done (upgrades and tweaks only), the ability to focus on the tech specs is where it is at. Chen did say they are looking at dual sim tech, but added he could not discuss...hmmm. The dual sim would perfect the balance feature!

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

I always wondered why this wasn't the case. Hopefully some day the day of the sim will be gone. all that will be required will be a login to your network and voila.

Posted via CB10

Teehee, I already addressed him in a different comment as to if I could buy the one he was holding in his hand... still waiting to hear back... still waiting, but I am optimistic that he is at the post office now shipping it as we speak.

AmaZ30ed

Such inteligent response! Go buy android then. They don't care about design ;) I pay for ucking design and I pay for ucking functionality... Geez...

Posted via CB10

That's the thing. I'm not worried if it's ugly or not. I'm worried if it'll be comfortable to use. It doesn't look like it but I'd have to try it to know for sure

Posted via CB10. Over my carrier's data connection due to "Limited WiFi"

I feel the target market will like it. It's got a very professional look. It's not rounded like a candy crush sweet for the teen masses but someone looking for a mature look will like it. Look at Leica cameras, old collector Mercedes or even Harley Davidson and they go for a look that's for the masses but.... the older masses. i'm sure when product hits the shelves a few grey haired folks will rush on it.

Z30 Vivo Brasil

I have to say I wasn't a fan at first sight, but it's starting to grow on me to the point I might consider switching..

Posted via CB10 using my Zed30 check out my channel @ C00121C1B

I agree entirely, and it's frustrating because I also want the next Z- device... hopefully with a less breakable screen then the 30!!!

My Z30 has survived a number of high drops without any screen issues. An iPhone screen would never have survived.

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

I thought Chen said no more leaks? why leak images and details about this device 5 months before it's ready? The employees who have worked on this must be shaking their heads in disgust right now.

I don't think so. It is what a lot of people wished: more ad. And it's about three months before release, isn't it?

When you are the CEO and you are the one to have pics and vids posted showing you in the vids, I think you can do whatever you want in that situation

They don't want uncontrolled leaks where people can see a crappy pic of it and proceed to hate it, but controlled demos that show the device in action without giving everything away seems a smart move, especially with a form factor that some people will be dubious about.

This actually shows nothing.
It's serving a purpose of keeping awareness up though

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

Actually it shows the device.. how could that be nothing?! Keeps awareness up for a few days. Most average users will see this as a product announcement but the device won't be available for months. By the time these devices come out they will feel like they're already a year old and too late.

Truth. There's a reason why other, more successful companies don't announce their devices until a week or so before they are available. The buzz dissipates after announcement quickly and the media won't give much time to the "launch" of a previously announced device. It's old news to them.

Chen sacrificed the health of the device division in order to ensure that he'd get positive talk after an AGM / quarterly report that still isn't showing profitability or even health comparable to what his predecessor experienced at this time last year...

Posted via CB10

Unless there is another major device out before this (which no one knows the exact due date for this one) it will feel like it's a year old and too late in your very own imagination only.

Ok let's think about this and see if you noticed a pattern of failure. PlayBook was officially announced Sept 2010, released Apr 2011.. everyone said it should have come out a long time ago, it was too late then nobody bought them. BB10/BBX was officially announced in Oct 2011 and launched Jan 2013, everyone said it should have come out a long time ago, it was too late then nobody bought them. Q10 was officially announced Jan 2013 but didn't come out till May 2013 in the US, everyone said it should have come out a long time ago, it was too late then nobody bought them. You have a pretty wild imagination if you think I am the one who thinks this way. Hopefully you're not management at BB because you obviously have blinders on to the real world.

It's not a leak when the company releases details on their terms. It's a leak when someone preempts their plans.

Posted via CB10

Mr Chen showing the public a new device is not considered a leak. He was talking about software leaks that in the end only cause confusion.

BBM CHANNEL - "BB POWERED " C001C1D66

I think it's a bit of a stretch to regard this as a leak - I would class a leak as more of an unregulated release. Coming from the CEO, we should look at it more as a promo, and be glad that he's involved enough to pass this onto those interested enough to pay attention. It's probably not "marketing" per se (advertising, sponsorship, product placement etc), but I'm glad we are seeing what looks to be working models of upcoming devices. Maybe I'm a little too optimistic, but it does look as though they're on track to release when they say they will.

Posted via CB10

This is not a leak. A leak is an uncontrolled release of information by someone not authorized to do so. This is a case of someone qualified to give the proper message and that has the authority to so that is demonstrating the product. Big difference.

Posted via CB10

Spoken like a true corporate stooge / yesman. A CEO is no different than any other employee or person. It's a stupid move that hurts the company in the long run either way. Intellectual property should only be revealed when it's ready so competitors cannot copy it and so the initial excitement of a new product isn't lost before the product is publicly available.

If this was as you say, the quality would have been better and the complete message delivered.

Leak.

Passport doesn't looks good for me as the keypad too thin... I'll go for classic instead...

 BB FANS via Q10 

Kevin.....you funny man you!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  ) new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureeverthatishortenedabit

Sorry, Kevin, but you're busted for putting "first" into your post AND being the first to post. Now, you must be ridiculed and any important facts or information that you placed in the post will have to obliterated by said ridicule. Again, I am sorry, but you did post first. I hope this will help you and others learn from this mistake. It's a sad situation we are in. :)

Maybe it's just me, but the upcoming Blackberry Classic looks to have decent sized screen real-estate as well. I would be happy with either phone.

The force is strong with you all...but the dark force is stronger with me hahaha

Passports looks amazing, words can't describe it...let's hope Z3 will not be the manitoba with LTE and upgraded specs.

 Z30

Just did som quick calculations on the screen size and if you were to use the WQHD standard then the screen size of the Blackberry Passport should equate to a diagonal screen size of approx. 7.6 inches if you would to stretch the screen from its present 1:1 ratio to the 9:16 ratio used by most phones today. If you think about it, it's clear that Blackberry is trying to optimise the Passport screen for best results in relation to text massages and other documents. In other words were talking about a keyboard phone format meant to rival most mid-sized tablets and which still can be put inn your pocket.

Do you have any thoughts on my observations?

Yes, I think you're completely right. The Q10 screen is as wide as most 4.7 inch screens, the Passport is tablet width. If your main use is not watching videos, I think it's ideal. It also has the same pixel count as a 1080p screen.
I think this is a clever idea that may be too clever for some people. The Passport is basically making a statement that this is a very small personal computer, which happens also to be a phone.
It is niche but it is genuine innovation. I hope it succeeds - even though I may well stick with my Q10 because it suits me very well.

The same here, just that I'll be keeping to touch-screens instead of keyboards. I need multilingual capability's that keyboards don't provide.

Oh.......the screen resolution on the Passport is supposed to be 1400 by 1400 on a 1:1 screen ratio which should be equal to the 16:9 WQHD screens resolution of 2560 by 1400 meaning on par with the best screens out there today.

I have it on good word from unnamed sources that the BlackBerry Passport and Classic will be free of any double typing issues.

(Edit: Don't shoot me if it still does though!)

Hmmm.... interesting. Hoping that holds true, because after 3 keyboard replacements I absolutely had gave up on Q. Thanks for that little pearl Kevin.

Posted via CB10

I think it is related to a sensor or the OS because my Q10 never used to do it, I upgraded to BB10.2, and then it did it fairly regularly, and since 10.2.1, it doesn't do it hardly ever. One would think that if it was the hardware, it would be generally consistent..or get worse as the hardware fails.

Posted via CB10 from my amazing Q10

I thought you had written the BlackBerry Passport is free. That'll teach me to read slowly next time. LOL

Posted via CB10 on BlackBerry Q5

Wow now that i think about it white on that classic oh wow december why is it So far away why couldnt they have waiting till a few days to show them like every other company they keep it a rumor but now since i have seen it time will go by slower dammit

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Oh my gawd! The classic looks sooo.....sexy! damn!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  ) new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureeverthatishortenedabit

I'd like to see one in US Passport blue for obvious reasons.

That could be sort of a cool marketing strategy. Limited edition passport in the color of that particular countries passport. Just a wild thought.

The additional cost wouldn't be worth it though, however selling cases that were the right colour would be another matter.

Yes, that would be cool. They could even put the country's coat of arms on the back too.

Posted via CB10

How about biometric proof of ID and your BlackBerry Passport becomes your official passport. Because it's a BlackBerry, it is secure enough to do so.??

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

Actually, here in Germany the passport is the size of a credit card. So BlackBerry Passport is kind of a misnomer here (and in several other EU countries).

Just saying.

Posted via CB10

x2, but I think we waited for BB10 a lot longer. September is only a few months away.

Posted via tin can telephone

After using Z30 for some time, I realised I actually need more width, especially for reading and web browsing.

For gaming, most games I have uses landscape mode rather than portrait...

I might be tempted to get this one when it is out...

Posted via CB10

I was thinking this as well. Kind of annoying on candy bar phones having such short lines to read. I know people will complain about video but I think we use our phones for webpages/documents more than heavy video. Most are quick videos and that 4.5 screen will do just fine.

Not only that, but with HDMI out or Miracast, that issue of ratio for video is made almost moot; though, if video is letterboxed on a screen that size and at that resolution, it will still look great.

Tapped and flicked from my BlackBerry Z30!

My problem is I need a new phone now...Z30 is still appealing as my 9900 replacement...but knowing the passport is coming is driving me nuts...Though September release probably won't apply here in Canada, we seems to be months later....

BB is canadian, aren't we usually the first ones to get the new products? If I remember correctly we had the z10 before the Americans didn't we?

We got the z10 in Canada a week or less after the UK launch if I recall. I think it launched on Friday in UK and released Tuesday in Canada. This launch will hopefully follow a similar pattern, with a launch event in Sept in UK. Hopefully its actually available no more than a couple weeks after the event. The recent Z3 release is a good sign i'd say.

Sent from my Z10. Or was it my Q10? Either way, it was sent from an awesome phone.

I have a Z30, I don't think you'll be disappointed. It’s been a great device for me. At the risk of getting snagged by diehard keyboard users, I personally find the Z30 virtual keyboard to be better than the Q10. But everyone has their preferences.

Posted via CB10

Thanks...Z30 will probably suffice just fine...just the allure of something new and shiny in the passport ...LOL

I'm sorry but when you are hitching the future of the company on device, the Passport would not have been my choice to release. The Classic at least can be held and typed on without it flipping out of your hands due to top heaviness. Not besides the fact that keyboard being so close to the bottom of the top heavy phone will make it difficult to type on without your own fingers along the bottom of the phone getting in the way. They should have released the Classic and rumored Z50. Just my opinion when looking at all the pictures and not one that I have seen of him holding it while typing on it unsupported and not pecking at the keyboard.

I'm not the only one who has opened their eyes to look past the BlackBerry name to see the proportions of this device are jacked up. Heck the heaviest part of the device where the screen and battery are takes up 3/4 of the device. Sorry but it looks hard to hold. I wish it well for BlackBerry but I don't see it being a success towards getting BlackBerry that 10 million a year device sales figure unless you count the replacements from people dropping it. I will look at the Classic or Z50 for sure.

Haha . Although Blackberry recognized revenue for only 1.6 million devices, they sold 2.6 million devices to customers last quarter. So, once the inventory channel is all cleared and stabilized, Blackberry will be selling 10 million devices without much effort. I think Passport will be a hit. It's a weird looking device to the point where you start liking it. It's a Note equivalent of the Qwerty world. Q10 didn't offer anything special to the Qwerty fans but this one does, Bigger screen.

Wrong. Possibly the. Most ridiculous statement in CB history. Q10 offers BB10 to those. Who want a keyboard and to move on from BB07. Are you having a laugh saying Q10 didn't offer anything???

Posted via CB10

I should call it exaggeration since you have never even used it. How are you able to conclude just by looking at the pictures? Do you think BlackBerry never thought like you did?

I understand your concerns on the position of keyboard, but...Top heavy phone? Have you held the device in your hands to say that it is top heavy? The reports on the device claim that it is actually quite light.

The huge problem with any z50 is that it would be lost in the crowd of all the other large-screen all-touch devices, something like the passport will actually stand out even if not everyone likes it.

Whatever the high-end model to their range was, it is not the one where they expect to sell most of that 10 million, that will come from classic and later the z3 lte, good devices at a lower price.

Agreed 100%... Just tried typing on my Z30 again to be sure the width didn't affect me...and it didn't...am seriously thinking of it come this September, even though my Z30 is hardly a month old device only ;))

CAUTION : MAJ On Z30 Now!!!!

If they release it with Porsche Design im in.. other wise I will be my BlackBerry Porsche Design P9982 & update it..

Any reference from BlackBerry you can quote saying that this is meant to be an "Android Killer"?

Posted via CB10

Watching that I couldn't help how nice the Classic looks.... I think the Passport is an odd phone and will pose a bit of a challenge to developers to scale their apps to the screen.

Developers do not have to do any scaling because the screen ratio is 1:1 which is the same as the Q10. Tools are already added in the SDK to make this happen automatically.

Well with android apps, Im not too sure. My hope is that, because the screen is larger, the app will be able to utilise a 16:9 portion of the screen whilst the sides remain blank. Just have to wait and see.

Most Android apps run well on my square display. It's rare that I'll have elements run off the bottom of the screen.

I did... And it's still FUGLY for me. The Classic's my bet. Hope to replace my aging 9790 soon.

Posted from an ME173X

Hey I have seniority,the idea for phablet is where it will come to.
My z30 comes close, so the idea of
One device for for all media that is the right size will be a winner, the specs look good.

Passport looks a lot better than what we previously saw. The classic is in a different level. It's called classic for a reason and it's sexy as hell. Haha

Posted via CB10

Classic is good, agreed...BUT Passport is BAD*** guys, and it's that BAD*** guy that is normally the BOSS ;)

CAUTION : MAJ On Z30 Now!!!!

Right, the Passport looks like a real B.O.S.S.phone!!
You gotta be somebody special to carry a thing like that...

The Classic maybe, but too reminiscent of the Bold.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Couldn't get enough of it...video too short...

Looking forward for Kevins review (will be awesome like the q10 review) .

Posted from my Black Beast Q10

The fact that this phone is so polarizing is great! It's a departure from anything ever seen before. Personally I love love love it! It's an attention getter, which will be great for the brand.

Posted via CB10

Agreed. It would annoy the f**k out of most of my iPhone and droid buddies. I'd buy one for that reason alone.

Posted via CB10

Indeed and who is to know how people's opinions of it might change in the future, just look at the negative reaction there was to phablets initially and now 5" has become basically the standard size.

My carrier contract will end March 2015, I hope "Manitoba" will be out in January 2015 (Z10 launch). All touch as primary BlackBerry Passport as secondary or vice versa, I need both. :-). Hope @BlackBerry will post site for pre-order now sighs can't wait

Thanks Bla1ze for this info. Hope Blackberry will make high end all touch, "Z50" maybe, the virtual keyboard is just so brilliant. Skipping the Z30 for the meantime and waiting for a much high end all touch device.

We need to be agressive with developers like gameloft and rovio wich are only supporting WP, lets full their Facebook sites with our bb10 requests.

Posted via CB10

I can't speak for everyone, but while I CAN play games on my Z30, the vast majority of my time is business related. I know it sounds old, but I use my phone as a money generation tool, not a time waster - primarily. It's nice to know I can effectively waste my time on it too though!

I want it!!! I'm actually so excited for this phone. It's new and unique and I love it! :)

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10.

Still not sold on those sharp corners. They must have had early prototypes with rounded corners... I wonder how they looked and why they chose to not go that direction

Posted via CB10

Mr. Chen, please give me your email address so I can send you money via Paypal for that Passport you are holding.. Take my money.. please!!

Posted via CB10 from my amazing Q10

Hahaha couldnt help but laugh. Im So happy about this new devices And all the comments Im glad i fell in Love with the right company BlackBerry!!! It was also my first phone And will be my last

Posted via CrackBerry App

In addition to these new devices, I believe that BlackBerry should also add a virtual tool belt for the full touch phones in 10.3. What say guys? Kevin?

Posted via CB10

It's amazing to see all the love coming towards this device!! I have to be honest I called it ugly as hell!! At first but now I'm wanting one!!

Posted Via my  Q10 

I wasn't too convinced first with the first leaked photo, but I said to myself , ***don't judge prematurely***, there might be something to it we don't know about, it wasn't final yet, and then the more pics got leaked and the more I thought about the use case (PDF reader!, etc.) the more I liked it.

Typical case of "I told you so... wait for it..." :-)

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

That's a pretty shit video. It's only 30 seconds. I got excited cos I thought it'd be something substantial to whet my appetite.

Posted via CB10

Check out the instagram video that Kevin posted. You can like the video and follow Kevin as well. Haha

Posted via CB10

There was no Demo :|. He just spoke of the phone size held up the classic for a second and that was it. I was hoping to see the new innovative keyboard shown off

Posted via CB10

I agree. It was enough to get a view of it, but no real demo. I'm intrigued, but I really want to see/hear more of how it works before I get too worked up over it. I'm sure it will be a great phone, but will it be a great phone for me? That's the question I need to answer.

I'm too excited to get those but I'm still confused because I love those both phones Classic with 9900 designs with optical trackpad and the BlackBerry Passport with uqniue designs and huge screen size maybe I might get 2 color white!

I guess it is a design I would have to get used to because I do not like it as is. Who knows! It is definitely different though. It catches people's attention.

Can we please see the full explanation about those devices? STOP teasing and show us the complete presentation

I have not used a physical since I had some flip HTC. I forget the name but the keyboard was blah. I will go to Telus and see if they have any that I can practice on. If I like it I will wait for the Porsche design. Unless a Porsche design Z30 comes first.

Posted via CB10

C'mon! Why would Chen promote BlackBerry phones on a site (BNN), which isn't displayed in the BlackBerry Browser correctly?! (no video under the link, no video after searching for the article)

If September is the release date, it surely will be bad timing as the next iPhone will be announced/released the following month. If BlackBerry could just get this phone out now with 10.2 loaded for the summer and get people on board now I do think they'll have better success rather than be overshadowed. They could just release 10.3 when they feel better confident with its stability.

Have you not considered the obvious point that the most crucial features in 10.3 are actually support for this device, rushing products out incomplete and unfinished has harmed BB too much in the past.

As far as Apple, they are not somebody BB are competing with at this time and in any case the passport is going to get a fair amount of attention anyway because it is something different.

You might be correct on the software side or you might not because though we may have 10.3 somewhat in our hands we don't know what it will end up being in the end.

Though we are partially faithful and most can agree fully bias on defending anything BlackBerry, we the readers who flock the blogs know BlackBerry isn't competing directly with Apple, but the general consumer will indeed look at it as Passport in September and new iPhone in October. We surely won't see a reversal in the switch. As to attention, well that depends on the release date in September as the earlier the better so while the one will be there's, the iPhone will no doubt occupy the remaining four months.

yea, BB is not competing with apple for this passport device, they just play by their self... but if u comparing "Z" type device, maybe your argument can be true.. this device is so sexyyy...

Posted from my Quten

Here's to hoping I'm the first to have this. Might be the case, but if so will not be able to say so ;)

Posted via CB10

We needed something new in terms of devises. Give applause to the design of the passport as its unmistakable the most unique smartphone to date.

Posted via CB10

Its too early to compete with phablets as the company still not stable and on track like before!!! Would be better if they kept competing for some more time!!

Posted via CB10

The screen is a little bigger so the device will have to be a tiny bit wider and the toolbelt will increase the height, but it is still going to be fairly close in size to the q10.

I don't think the screen is bigger, if you look closely, the screen is the same size as Q10, the different is only the curve is a little bit more flat.. on the top and bottom, the belt is just as big as the track pad, so I think the height is only milimeter different from Q10--maybe around 4 to 8 mm --- still sexyyyy...

Posted from my Quten

Fantastic few days for BlackBerry.

Really excited about the Amazon deal, really looking forward to BBM for Windows phone and absolutely itching to get my hands on the Blackberry Passport.

Quarter results are very encouraging, BBM Money and of course the Blackberry Classic release to come in November.

Wow just Wow.

Thanks CrackBerry

Thanks BlackBerry

And a salute to you Mr Chen.

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