Android-based BlackBerry Priv (ex-Venice) officially confirmed by John Chen

Android-based BlackBerry Priv (ex-Venice) officially confirmed by John Chen
BlackBerry today officially confirmed that it's getting ready to launch an Android-based smartphone. Initially known as BlackBerry Venice, the new device is now called BlackBerry Priv (just as expected).

While announcing BlackBerry's fiscal 2016 second quarter results, the company's CEO John Chen confirmed the Priv name, also mentioning that the handset "combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform." Moreover, the Priv is built upon BlackBerry's mission of protecting users' privacy - hence the new name.

In BlackBerry's words, the Priv will be a "flagship slider device" targeted not just a regular users, but also at enterprise customers, for which it should be able to offer "best in class security." BlackBerry plans to launch the Priv before the end of the year in major markets around the world. More details about the handset will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

The BlackBerry Priv will offer a large touchscreen display (possibly a 5.4-inch one with 1440 x 2560 pixels), and a sliding QWERTY keyboard. Other rumored features include an 18 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, Qualcomm's six-core Snapdragon 808 processor, and 3 GB of RAM.

In the meantime, BlackBerry OS 10 isn't going anywhere, and it looks like, pretty soon, we'll see a new smartphone based on it.

source: BlackBerry



1. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

Random fact #87 "Priv" means "Hey" in Russian (informal "Hello").

25. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

random fact #69: it's "privet" not "priv" oops.

2. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

If this phone is released before November and it has got decent camera, good battery life with blackberry security blended into android ... This will be an instant success... Blackberry I'll be sure get back into business... Hope they will keep the phone price below 700$...

28. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Not so fast Jose, Blackberry brand name right now is NOT as premium as you thought. Blackberry one hit wonder (BBM) era already gone.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not so fast Jose! You've just been proven wrong by post #31. And he provided a link, unlike you.

4. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

if the price is good, then maybe i will give it a the phones i was looking forward to this year, arent able to convince me.......Note 5 was disappointment, and iphone 6s plus, still feels like its missing maybe, for my regular phone i will wait for Note 6 and iphone 7, and meanwhile i will make a choice between Blackberry priv and Microsoft lumia 950XL, for this year.......

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Oh boy, BB security with Android versatility. This is going to be a an awesome device. Cant wait to see reviews :)

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

Well, it's official! And, after much thought, my next BlackBerry handset! Hopefully, BlackBerry will have made a what could possibly be the best all around Android handset of the year!

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Idk that's a tough thing to do. Note 5 is at the throne but hopefully this device succeeds. BB needs it.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. But with that keyboard, the BB10 features and that BlackBerry build quality, we definitely have a contender.

18. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

This Priv also needs to be a multimedia powerhouse, the Note5 definitely is.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. Let's hope the Priv comes wit all the bells and whistles.

8. brasstax

Posts: 544; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Here are my few cents.. 1.Blackberry Venice seems a much better name? It has an air of "future iconic phone" around it. 2.The pricing of this device is crucial, especially in China/India where there is no dearth of high grunt/low cost devices. 3.If i were Blackberry. i would focus purely on providing bang for buck android devices like the Moto X/G series. I would serve the corporate/enterprise segment with BB10 based phones at premium pricing. 4.Make their android line as close to stock experience as possible. No mucking around with custom UI & icons.

43. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

John Chen already made a statement in the morning. That BB Prive were intended for Government and Enterprise. NOT for consumer. (read: high priced). When the Government move to Prive, BB10 will be shut down (in John Chen words: aling/megre)

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

"At the same time, I want to be clear: fans of BlackBerry’s workhorse BlackBerry 10 smartphones can continue to depend on us, and we appreciate their commitment. We will be releasing new updates of this powerful OS in the upcoming year." --John Chen That was taken from here: So, where is your link backing up your statement?

11. jokensy unregistered

Great phone, sh*tty name!


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Too bad the slider keyboard is no in landscape orientation.

14. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

This was a bad choice, soon enough we will hear of a vulnerability that compromises the security of the phone, android cannot be made as secure as blackberry's customers need/want it to be.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

I hope that's not the case.

17. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Looking forward to it! The name still sucks btw.

20. Rydsmith unregistered

The evolution of meanestgenius: - Lol BlackBerry will never switch or use Android it's too unsecure. - STFU you don't know what you're talking about. BlackBerry doesn't need Android. QNX is the most powerful and flexible OS there is. - Don't listen to these "leaks" and "renders" it's just a rumor. - It's just a rumor, I don't believe it until BlackBerry says so. - This phone is starting to look nice. - Awwww man this is my next phone! Good job BlackBerry! The hypocrisy is funny.

23. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Some of us care about security and good hardware. If, and it's a big if, BlackBerry can make Android secure, I'll be all over it myself. The fact that many of Samsung's products that have received BB's help with Knox cannot be rooted is proof that the guys in Waterloo know something we don't. Take the blinders off and pay attention instead of wasting your life hating.

38. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Samsung's products with Knox can be rooted, and it breaks Knox. Its not too hard. This is a result of the underlying insecurity of android and it being open source so any exploits can be found rather easily and exploited in a rather rapid manner.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014


29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

The evolution of you jocking me: "I want meanestgenius" "I want to be like meanestgenius" I need meanestgenius in my life" I hope meanestgenius chooses me" "I want to be meanestgenius love slave" "I need to do and say whatever to get meanestgenius attention" "Do you see me, meanestgenius" "I'll don't know what I would if meanestgenius won't notice me" There, I fixed your "love letter" to me. I never once said that BlackBerry wouldn't make an Android handset. Post a link proving otherwise or be quiet. I still don't think BlackBerry "needs" Android. I think BlackBerry needed to market the hell out of BB10 and market QNX simultaneously. Marketing was and still is key for BB10 and any other OS out there. It was ALL rumors until BlackBerry officially announced it. That's the way these things work. Not my fault that you didn't understand that. Yep, the phone does look nice. It looks great, actually. It's a BlackBerry, after all. Yep, it's definitely my next BlackBerry handset. If you don't like that, IDGAF and GOMNS. The fact that you actively sought me out to troll me shows that you need me to justify your pitiful existence. And that, quite frankly, is pathetic.

39. Rydsmith unregistered

This may be the funniest thing I've read all day. I can just feel the rage coming through the computer after you got called out on your flip flopping of Android. Yes, I so actively sought you by looking in the comments as I do for most articles and saw your post about this being your next after all you did was proclaim the godliness that is BlackBerry and BB10. If this gets you so worked up then I feel bad for you, that a simple comment can make you flip your s**t. Someone has self esteem issues.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

What's funny is the fact that you're actually admitting to being a groupie of mines that needs me to justify your pitiful existence. And it's even funnier that you're continuing to do so, compelled by the fact that I responded to you. But make no mistake, your "love" for me will definitely go unrequited, as I just don't flow that way, dude. Sorry to disappoint you. You will no doubt again, continuing to show that you do indeed jock me. I know my response has now gotten you confused to tears. "Do I continue to respond, proving that I'm worthy of his love? But, he's just straight dissing me, and I'm furious about it! I'm so confused!" you think to yourself, while staring at your cheap computer screen. Well, I will let you know now that you're just going to have to continue to be heartbroken. Thems the brakes, kid.

51. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Don't flatered yourself drama quen. He's NOT your groupie. He's YOUR PAROLE OFFICER!!!

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 22268; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's "flatter", not " flatered". It's "queen", not quen. He's my groupie girl, just like you.

55. synthetic_llama

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

This comment thread was entertaining. I'll be getting a BB Priv though.

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