For those that think the BlackBerry Passport looks like a monstrosity, proof has emerged that the company is heading back to its roots for the next device.

The BlackBerry Classic, as it's currently being touted, is exactly that; "classic" in look and functionality.

Its existence was already known, but a swathe of pictures posted on Chinese forum site Weibo show that it will very much be in the mould of BlackBerries past. It should certainly appease the die-hard BB fans, that's for sure.

CrackBerry claims that the BlackBerry Classic will be released in November, although doesn't elaborate on which territories might get it first. It has, the website says, a 3.5-inch display, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor (a bit of a throwback considering the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will run on a bang-up-to-date Snapdragon 805) and there will be 2GB of RAM on board, it is said.

If kosher, the device shown in the pictures certainly looks nicer than the Q10 we feel. It also reintroduces physical buttons, as fans have been requesting ever since BlackBerry OS 10 arrived.

We presume a newer version of BB10 will be installed, that will work with physical home, return and call buttons. In some respects, it might even be offering the best of both worlds.

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