BlackBerry will release its Classic handset in December, according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen.
Speaking at a presentation at the MIT Enterprise Forum in Hong Kong this week, Chen may have inadvertently spoiled when the handset is to be released. He said that BlackBerry's BES12 enterprise service will launch on November 13th with the BlackBerry Classic arriving “a month later.” A BlackBerry spokesperson later said that the company is yet to make any official announcements regarding the handset and was unable to confirm Chen’s statement that the device will be released in December.
The BlackBerry Classic, it is hoped, will be a return to form for the smartphone manufacturer. It will reportedly include several features that BlackBerry fans miss from old handsets. The Classic is expected to feature a QWERTY keyboard and a trackpad.
Chen recently wrote a letter to former and current BlackBerry users, which said that innovation is simply about “taking what works and making it better.” He added that BlackBerry’s current design philosophy takes the mantra, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," to heart.