In a minor press conference at CES 2015 which is currently ongoing in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, BlackBerry announced that the BlackBerry Classic is landing on AT&T. Along with this, AT&T will also get the BlackBerry Passport, which is redesigned and comes in slightly different shape than before. The exact launch date was not revealed, but BlackBerry said the devices will launch on upcoming weeks, which may be later this month.
The ‘redesigned’ BlackBerry Passport is not much reformed though, it just come with rounded edges than before (which had square corners), giving it a similar look to the BlackBerry Passport. Rest of the features and specs are all same, key of which are a 4.5-inch display with 1440 x 1440 pixels, 13 MP rear camera, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of expandable storage space.
The price of the new BlackBerry Passport has also been slammed down, which is now $199.99 for a two-year contract, down from $249 for the previous one. There will also be a $21.67, $27.09 and $32.50 for Next 24, Next 18 and Next 12 respective equal monthly installment plan to buy this device. Customers can buy this device without any long-term agreement as well, which will cost them $649.99.
AT&T has also revealed the pricing of BlackBerry Classic, which will be $49.99 with a two-year contract, or $419.99 without any contracts. This device will also have the installment options, same as the redesigned BlackBerry Passport.
With the decline in the sale of smartphones, and almost at the ending stage, BlackBerry is just trying to survive, focusing more on business-class phones. These two new devices are expected to help a little bit, as a small number of BlackBerry lovers are still existing (200,000 orders of these two devices after they were released last September proves this).
Verizon wireless is also said to launch the BlackBerry Classic very soon, but the date for this is not confirmed either.