BlackBerry Priv Now Official, Goes On Pre-Orders In US, Canada and UK

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BlackBerry first Android smartphone, Priv, is now available for pre-orders in US, Canada and UK. According to the company via its official blog, the device can now be pre-order via BlackBerry Store in Canada and US at CA$899 and US$699, and Carphone Warehouse in UK at £559. It will start shipping from 6th of November in regions mentioned above. Availability for other regions such as Asia and Africa is not mentioned.

The BlackBerry Priv has a slide-out keyboard for quick tap and go. It features a 5.43-inch AMOLED display with Quad-HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by a 64-bit hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (4-core 1.44GHz + 2-core 1.8GHz) processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 418 GPU.

The smartphone comes with a 32GB of internal storage, which is further expandable via MicroSD card (up to 2TB). An 18-megapixel camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), f/2.2 aperture, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) is equipped at the rear, accompanied with twin-LED flash, while a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.8 aperture is placed at the front. The rear camera can record video in 4K resolution and the front camera in full-HD (1080p).

The BlackBerry Priv runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box and comes pre-installed with BlackBerry's own applications. It also comes with a new feature called DTEK, that alert users when their privacy is breached, suggesting them means of tackling the compromise. Connectivity options included are 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, Wifi 802.11ac + MIMO, 3G, 2G, GPS/A-GPS, NFC, and USB 2.0 with Slimport. It is backed by a 3410mAh battery with fast charging. BlackBerry claims the battery on Priv can last up to 22.5 hours in single charge.

BlackBerry Priv Key Specifications

  • 5.43-inch QHD display
  • 1.8GHz hexa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB built-in storage
  • 18-megapixel rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Battery: 3,410mAh
  • Dimensions: 147 x 77.2 x 9.4mm (closed), 184 x 77.2 x 9.4mm (open)
  • Weight: 192 grams
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