bbclassicBlackBerry are back to doing what they do best with the launch of their latest smartphone called the BlackBerry Classic. The traditional style BlackBerry handset harks back to the original BlackBerry mobile phones and comes with a classic physical QWERTY keyboard. It's aimed squarely at fans of the old-style BlackBerry handsets, predominately business users who primarily use their BlackBerry's for keeping on top of their emails and accessing work documents. Let's take a look at the aptly named Classic.

Not everyone has embraced the advent of the touchscreen smartphone - if you were used to the original BlackBerry mobile phones which were designed with a built-in hardware keyboard for quick and easy typing then a touchscreen could prove to be frustrating. It's easy to see how a new BlackBerry smartphone with that all-important keyboard, a bigger screen, an impressive battery life and a decent camera will appeal to existing BlackBerry fans as well as those who hanker for a more accurate keyboard. It's been said that a physical keyboard on a mobile phone is 4 times as accurate as a touchscreen version.

So what does the BlackBerry Classic handset offer? The Classic features a 3.5-inch square screen with a resolution of 720 x 720 pixels which gives it a density of 294 pixels per inch. It's quite a bit smaller than the recent BlackBerry Passport so it fits comfortably into the palm of your hand and can easily be used one-handed. There is an 8-megapixel camera on the rear with autofocus, HDR and an LED flash and the front-facing camera is a respectable 2-megapixel snapper.

Available in a choice of black or white, the Classic runs on the BlackBerry 10.3 operating system which includes BBM 6, the Hub, BB Assistant, BB Balance (for keeping work and personal data and apps separate) and BB Blend. In addition to BlackBerry apps, the Classic can also run Android apps and the Amazon Appstore comes preloaded.

The BlackBerry Classic not only offers a bigger choice of apps, it has a much faster browser and there's the option of a touchscreen keyboard as well as the physical keyboard located underneath the screen. The BlackBerry Classic comes with a 1.5GHz dual core processer, 2GB of RAM and a 2515mAh battery. The battery life of the Classic is also like to appeal to busy executives as it will last around 22 hours between charges. There's also 16GB of built-in storage which can be expanded up to 128GB with a microSD card.

Another great asset for the BlackBerry Classic are its security features. BlackBerry have worked hard to ensure that their operating system and handsets offer superior security for users such as built-in encryption for any emails and messages and there's also BlackBerry Protect which uses GPS to track down a missing handset. Protect also means that you can lock your handset remotely and you can even wipe all its data if you lose it.

We're expecting to see the Classic early in the new year - more news as we have it.