The Android-running BlackBerry Priv finally has a price tag courtesy UK-based retailer Carphone Warehouse. Additionally, BlackBerry has released an official promo video of the smartphone after setting up a pre-registration page earlier this week.
The BlackBerry Priv is up for UK pre-orders carrying a price tag of GBP 579.99 (approximately 178527.26 Nigerian Naira). This is the first bit of price information we have for a smartphone that has been the subject of numerous leaks. As you would expect, the page also details important specifications of the BlackBerry Priv, which combines a touch screen with a physical keyboard that slides out.
(Also see: BlackBerry Priv Android Slider Smartphone Showcased on Video by CEO)
According to the listing, the Android 5.1.1-running BlackBerry Priv comes with a 5.4-inch QHD display and is powered by a hexa-core (1.8GHz dual core + 1.44GHz quad core) Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC alongside 3GB of RAM. The BlackBerry Priv is listed to come with 32GB internal storage - expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card - and is powered by a massive 3410mAh battery. It features an 18-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front shooter.
On Friday, BlackBerry released an official promo video of the privacy-focussed smartphone BlackBerry Priv. The company has also published a blog post detailing some of the customisations it has done to make the Android experience on the BlackBerry Priv more secure and privacy-focussed.
The Priv is a crucial product for BlackBerry, a company that once ruled the enterprise smartphone market with its QWERTY phones, before the rise of Apple's iPhone and mobiles powered by Google's Android operating system reduced it to bit-part player. The Android-running Priv is a desperate attempt by the company to stay relevant amidst an admission by the CEO that BlackBerry may exit the handset business unless there's a quick turnaround in its fortunes.
BlackBerry Priv detailed specifications General Release date October 2015 Form factor Touchscreen Dimensions (mm) 147.00 x 77.20 x 9.40 Weight (g) 192.00 Battery capacity (mAh) 3410 Removable battery No Colours Black SAR value 0.00 Display Screen size (inches) 5.40 Touchscreen Yes Resolution 1440x2560 pixels Pixels per inch (PPI) 540 Hardware Processor 1.44GHz hexa-core Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 RAM 3GB Internal storage 32GB Expandable storage Yes Expandable storage type microSD Expandable storage up to (GB) 2 Camera Rear camera 18-megapixel Flash Yes Front camera 2-megapixel Software Operating System Android 5.1.1 Connectivity Wi-Fi Yes Wi-Fi standards supported NA GPS Yes Bluetooth Yes NFC No Infrared No Wi-Fi Direct No MHL Out No HDMI No Headphones No FM No GSM/ CDMA GSM 3G Yes 4G/ LTE Yes Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No Sensors Compass/ Magnetometer No Proximity sensor Yes Accelerometer Yes Ambient light sensor Yes Gyroscope No Barometer No Temperature sensor No