BlackBerry's First Android-based Phone Goes Up for Pre-Order

As of today, BlackBerry has officially started taking orders for the BlackBerry Priv; an Android based phone with a physical keyboard. Named as...
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    As of today, BlackBerry has officially started taking orders for the BlackBerry Priv; an Android based phone with a physical keyboard. The phone, with pricing at $699, £559 and CA$899, is being sold in the USA, United Kingdom and Canada respectively. Named as the "make or break device" for BlackBerry, the unit starts shipping on November the 6th in the US and Canada, with the United Kingdom reviving the phone at the slightly later date of November 9th.

    Additionally, a full specification list has been posted to try and sway customers into pre-ordering the phone. The Priv has:
    • 5.43-inch 1440p AMOLED Display
    • Gorilla Glass 4 Protection
    • 64-bit 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 SoC
    • 3GB of RAM
    • 32GB of storage
    • 3410mAh Battery
    It appears that the Priv is also equipped with a pretty meaty camera (at least as far as specifications go). On the back you'll find the 18MP BSI2 stacked sensor, Optical Image Stabilization, 6-element f/2.2 lens, Phase Detect Auto Focus, dual-LED flash, 4k video recording at 30 FPS, 1080p video recording at 60 FPS and 6 DOF video stbilization on top of the OIS!

    Unfortunately the same can't be said for the front-facing camera. At only 2MP with a fixed-focus sensor, f/2.8 and 720p video recording, the stark contrast from front and back camera may leave customers feeling a little underwhelmed.

    The Priv will come pre-installed with Android 5.1.1 (not with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow as some had hoped) and with a huge focus on security; something that's rarely seen from larger companies. The phone is rumoured to come with Grsecurity kernel, which could potentially make it one of the toughest phones on the market when it comes to protection against exploits.

    "BlackBerry is a new company. We have new life. And we plan to continue to surprise our customers and the industry. [Priv] is just the latest move along that path," Chen wrote.

    Will you be purchasing the BlackBerry Priv? Is the idea that BlackBerry is focusing on security something that you wish you'd see more often in large electronic companies? Give your opinion in the comment section below.


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  1. Spongebloke
    A bit costly, A 1+2 Costs cheaper and will get you a lot more.
  2. TheItalianLad
    I dont understand why they would use regular buttons, and an older version of android os. Silly.
    1. Red58
      I can understand the buttons, because personally i prefer tactile response. I don't know why they would use an older version of the OS though.
  3. NoFreeSoup4You
    This looks awesome but that front facing camera though 2mp...
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    1. coolbunnymodz
      Just as powerful as my first phone's rear camera, the ENV2
  4. Red58
    Oh how I've missed buttons
  5. Stonerzard
    They've needed to ditch the Blackberry OS for ages imo. It was always crashing, compatability issues, and tbh nowhere near the league of Android OS.
  6. xXBeefyDjXx
    Owned one of the old 8510 series and loved it at the time, Would definitely jump on this because i love android, and love the idea of having a physical keyboard again
  7. Weeb
    The thing is blackberrys tend to be pretty popular for businesses due to their security, so any confidential files or emails on the phone is at less of a risk than if it was on a normal android.
  8. Forgot Password
    The 1.8Ghz is kind of disappointing. I try to keep up with BB tech, but after the Passport, I didn't believe they were actually taking the time with their products anymore; (reminded me of the Motorola Charm). Another disappointing feature would have to be the curved edges. I sell cellular devices and this is beyond me as to why everyone wants a curved display that has little to no use to them and that they'll show off to a friend for the first week of having the device, then never use that part of the display again. Good luck BlackBerry!
    1. Chazay
      The 808 is a work horse and the 1.8ghz factor will not bring it down. Remember that that is the same speed as an iPhone, which is a dual core, and the 808 is a hexacore.
  9. SaraPwns
    RIM ran out of ideas years ago, now they trying to bring flip phones back? LOL good luck blackberry, you will always need it.
    1. Chazay
      Samsung is doing it too
  10. (-_-)
    A physical keyboard in my opinion has always been more accurate. On my G1 way back, I rarely had any spelling errors. On iPhones and other on screen keyboards, I always f*** up my text.
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