BlackBerry-ClassicBlackBerry has announced that it will no longer manufacture the BlackBerry Classic, meaning that the touchscreen smartphone will no longer be available once remaining stock is depleted through official sales channels.

For many years, Classic (and its BBOS predecessors) has been in our portfolio. It has been an incredible workhorse device for customers, exceeding all expectations. But, the Classic has long surpassed the average lifespan for a smartphone in today’s market. We are ready for this change so we can give our customers something better – entrenched in our legacy in security and pedigree in making the most productive smartphones.

BlackBerry Classic, equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard, was unveiled in December 2014 with a design similar to the once-popular BlackBerry Bold smartphone series released between May 2008 and November 2011. BlackBerry's dominance has shrunk considerably since then, however, with iOS and Android smartphones now combining for some 98 percent of worldwide market share.

BlackBerry said it will be updating its smartphone lineup with "state of the art devices," presumably with an Android focus like the BlackBerry Priv. The company will continue to support BlackBerry 10 with software updates, including version 10.3.3 due next month and a second update to follow next year. The BlackBerry 10-powered BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Leap remain available for sale.

Top Rated Comments

sputnikv Avatar
61 months ago
"state of the art" must have a different meaning coming from a company that is just now eliminating their physical keyboarded phone
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bbqthis Avatar
61 months ago
BlackBerry said it will be updating its smartphone lineup with "state of the art devices,"
"And we are calling it: iPhone"
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ipedro Avatar
61 months ago
BlackBerry actually has a good chance of thriving as a niche Android phone for business. I don't know what took them this long to figure it out.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
antman2x2 Avatar
61 months ago
Bye Felicia.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dilster3k Avatar
61 months ago
Omg can they just give up already
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Glassed Silver Avatar
61 months ago
"state of the art" must have a different meaning coming from a company that is just now eliminating their physical keyboarded phone
Just because you don't have a use for a physical keyboard, doesn't mean nobody has.

I can type fairly fast on my iOS on-screen keyboard, especially on iPad, but I'm not gonna lie: I ****ing hate that POS.

Whenever I have the chance to use a BT keyboard, I will.

Physical may chronologically come before the touch-screen keyboard, but it remains a superior UX for many many cases, at least for me and apparently a fair share of others.

Glassed Silver:mac
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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