During an investor conference in San Francisco, BlackBerry announced some new products and changes in the works.
John Chen, the company's CEO, revealed on 13 November that a new BlackBerry Classic device, which it first teased earlier this year, will debut at an event in New York City on 17 December. In addition, while pulling a red smartphone from his pocket, he confirmed a limited-edition version of the BlackBerry Passport will launch on Black Friday (28 November).
It's not yet clear if the red Passport will sport new specs or a different price. There have been many leaks however about the Classic. It includes a 3.46-inch LCD display (with a 720x720 resolution and 294 ppi), dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, MicroSD up to 128 GB, 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2,515mAh battery, and more.
Apart from devices, BlackBerry further announced that Samsung plans to integrate BlackBerry's end-to-end encryption system into Samsung's Knox system. In other words, Samsung will use BlackBerry's server and phone management software as well as BlackBerry’s global network to bolster security in Android devices for government users.
Even more specifically, Samsung will take advantage of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12, which BlackBerry introduced during its conference. This partnership between BlackBerry and Samsung shouldn't seem too surprising. After all, Chen has repeatedly emphasised that BlackBerry will focus on software and services going forward.
In fact, while speaking at the investor conference, Chen said BlackBerry plans to double its annual software revenue of $250 million in 2015. And earlier this week, Chen hinted that BlackBerry might not unveil any new handsets next year.