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BlackBerry Classic available to buy in UK today

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The BlackBerry Classic is now up for grabs in Blighty courtesy of Carphone Warehouse, starting today.

BlackBerry’s nostalgia-inducing handset was officially unveiled last month in hopes of capitalising on enduring qwerty loyalism.

Headlining features include the return of the track-pad, a full qwerty keyboard, and BlackBerry 10.31 OS.

In terms of design, BlackBerry has riffed on a number of older handsets, not least the dearly held BlackBerry Bold, a mainstay of early 21st century business gadgetry.

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So what sort of specs is the Classic running? Let’s start with the display – you’re (literally) looking at a 3.5-inch screen with a 720 x 720 resolution. Unfortunately, the oddball aspect ratio will make for tough viewing of most media.

There’s also a 1.5GHz dual-core processor on board, as well as 2GB of memory, 16GB of built-in storage, and two cameras – an 8-megapixel rear-facing sensor, with a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter to boot.

BlackBerry also reckons its handset touts anywhere up to 22 hours of battery life, which should see business folk through a full day of boardroom cruising.

There’s also the expected BB-stamped features, including the BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Assistant – that’s your Siri/Google Now/Cortana alternative.

Carphone Warehouse is flogging the device right now at a price of £329.99 SIM free, or on contracts starting from £26.50 a month.

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