Blackberry refuses to die as latest smartphone goes live for pre-order

The Blackberry Classic is now available to pre-order.

To say smartphone manufacturer Blackberry have had a rough few years would be a bit of an understatement. The company was once considered a huge player in the mobile phone industry, now though many are surprised they still even exist.

With their latest handset though it does seem that Blackberry is going back to its roots and producing the kind of device that made them so popular in first instance.

Blackberry's new device is a throwback to the old devices people used love and it is available to pre-order for consumers now.

The Blackberry Classic ditches touchscreen buttons and brings back the much loved physical keypad and trackpad. The 3.5-inch, 720 x 720 pixel display is still touch sensitive, but thankfully for Blackberry fans they won't really need to use it.

Under the bonnet the device will run Blackberry 10.3.1 and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor alongside 2GB of RAM.

As far as storage goes it will ship with 16GB of internal storage and will feature a modest 8MP rear camera with a 2MP camera on the front.

There aren't any specifics when it comes to battery life but Blackberry claims it will power through your day. Blackberry also say on their announcement page that the Classic will be able to run applications downloaded from both their own app store and Android's.

The Classic will cost £349 ($449) and will start shipping to customers in the middle of December.