BlackBerry Priv certified by Bluetooth SIG, new photos surface

BlackBerry Priv certified by Bluetooth SIG, new photos surface
Yesterday, we told you that some accessories for the BlackBerry Priv had been listed on online B2B wholesale sites. We mused that this indicated that things were progressing in time for the rumored November release of the phone. Now, it appears that the Android powered slider has been certified by the Bluetooth SIG. That is another step indicating that a launch of the eagerly awaited device should take place in the not too distant future.

In addition, a new series of photographs of the Priv were discovered on Reddit. They were taken by a person who had attended a CISO conference and had run into an attendee from BlackBerry, who happened to have an evaluation model of the Priv on hand. After being allowed to check it out, he reports that the handset is snappy and the "keyboard is nice." He noted that it was thinner than his Samsung Galaxy Note5. It has full access to the Play Store, and he stated that there were some Android apps installed. He also said that the screen has a high pixel density (rumored to be around 544ppi) and is curved.

The version of the Priv that this BlackBerry employee had, is an older model. We can tell that by the wording on the ring around the camera, which reads "18 MP OIS, Fast Focus." Newer models are branded with the Schneider-Kreuznach name.


Yesterday, at the Code/Mobile conference held on the West Coast, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed that the BlackBerry Priv will be a high end phone. The executive discussed the Priv's pricing by saying, "High-end price, yeah. We'll make the phone financially affordable to get, whether that's by installments or something else." Chen also again hinted that the days of offering BB10 consumer devices are behind it. He said that there are two updates of the OS coming for governments and businesses. And when asked if new BB10 handsets were being planned, he responded by saying that it would depend on demand from the enterprise.


source: Reddit, GforGames, Crackberry (1), (2)

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176 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Looks like BB OS10 has left the station. Next stop, Woodlawn Cemetery and a grave next to my all-time favorite webOS. The King is dead, long live the King.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Unfortunately, that seems to be the case. This great OS is destined to be killed off slowly if no demand from enterprise. Very unfortunate, indeed.

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

On the bright side, the Priv looks like it's going to be really awesome. Mostly stock Android with some key BB features preinstalled, Motorola style. If they deliver quick updates (1-2 months after new version release), BB could actually be a strong player in the Android world. I'll definitely give it a try.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. I'm giving it a try as well.

4. miketer

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

There can be a long winded chance of its survival, by packaging enough BB services with this device and make the new generation of executives understand the marvel of this OS. I still hope in the new device, the skin and primary access, visuals and. experience is still BB OS, while giving unperturbed access to the Android world.

12. buccob

Posts: 2978; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree... if there are Launchers that give Android a feeling of both Windows and iOS... from looks to a great deal of usability... I think BB can tweak the OS to make it resemble OS10 a lot.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

After reading the source article, I've come to two conclusions: 1) Chen gave NO definitive answer on whether BB10 will be EOL'd or not, only saying "it will be dictated by business." And 2) If the initial launch price of the phone is at the extreme high end, I think it's a big mistake. While I'm not saying he should price the phone too low, he definitely shouldn't go above the $700, imo. Hopefully, Chen's remark about making the handset "affordable through installments or something else" comes to pass, or BlackBerry will have priced themselves out of reach of many consumers.

6. Alan01

Posts: 638; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

That is why it is written that Chen "hinted" at it. The article doesn't say that Chen definitively said BB10 was EOL'd. Regards, Alan F.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

We understood what you meant.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

I absolutely understood what you meant, Alan. If you'll notice, I was actually having a conversation with another phonearena user. My comment had absolutely nothing to do with you, but was meant as a "preemptive" strike for the trolls. Calm down. Breathe. Relax.

13. Alan01

Posts: 638; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

One, two, three...Ahhhhhh! Regards, Alan F.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Funny.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you should make yourself some popcorn next time you write a blackberry article. And bring lots of cheese because there's sure to be a lot of whine to go around.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now you see why the preemptive strike was necessary.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Now you see why I told you to bring the cheese. It's very necessary when when it comes to to blackberry articles.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Seems like the only one needing the cheese for the whine is you.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wasn't talking to you.

53. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't care.

79. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You do care.

99. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

You wish I did.

118. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No I wished you would get over it and stop being so defensive but that's a lost cause.

142. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

I wish you'd man up and admit that you're a trolling simpleton and own your BS.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

"Boo" can be a preemptive strike for trolls, especially when BlackBerry is involved.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao!!

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Or logic. Or a reasonable argument. Or just not calling every little thing trolling because some people do.

40. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You have to admit, you troll meanest at every turn. I get the sense you enjoy it more than a good BJ. Well, any BJ is good but that's beside the point.

44. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Except that Mxy is an ugly chick, so she's definitely on the other end of a BJ.

66. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Chick or chicken head?

68. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Mxy is definitely the chicken head. Lmao!!

80. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Look at the groupie girl trying to be funny.

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