MWC 2014: BlackBerry Q20 classic Qwerty handset revealed

BlackBerry hasn’t given up the smartphone ghost yet, as the struggling vendor has unveiled two fresh handsets at MWC.

The headliner is the BlackBerry Q20, a new flagship handset which looks fondly back to the golden days of BlackBerry, incorporating the familiar Menu, Back, Send and End buttons, along with a trackpad and Qwerty keyboard.

The idea, BlackBerry notes, is to bring back the easy one-handed use and fast navigation that these features provided – something that many BlackBerry customers are apparently badgering the company about.

John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, commented: “In my first 90 days on the job, I consistently heard from our ardent BlackBerry customers that the hard buttons and trackpad are an essential part of the BlackBerry QWERTY experience, that made their BlackBerry smartphone their go-to productivity tool. I want these customers to know that we heard them, and this new smartphone will be for them.”

The Q20 will have a 3.5in display, and the Qwerty keyboard will boast frets and sculpted keys for that quality BlackBerry feel. A premium build and extensive battery life are also promised.

Naturally, on the software front BlackBerry 10 will be on board, and you can expect to see the Q20 smartphone on sale in the second half of 2014.

BlackBerry’s other launch is the Z3 (pictured below), which is a 5in touchscreen handset made for customers in Indonesia. It’ll be customised with local apps and content, and unleashed in Indonesia come April.

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