BlackBerry Priv launches on January 26 on T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint will release it, too

BlackBerry Priv launches on January 26 on T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint will release it, too
BlackBerry today confirmed that the Priv - its very first Android-based smartphone - will soon be available via Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Last month, we exclusively revealed that T-Mobile would launch the Priv on January 26, and this date is now confirmed. BlackBerry didn't say exactly when Verizon and Sprint will release the smartphone, but we assume that both are planning to do it this month.

Launched by AT&T in November, the BlackBerry Priv currently costs $699 (off contract), and we guess that prices on Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint won't be too different.

The Priv is a pretty unusual smartphone. Besides the fact that it's a BlackBerry that runs Android (a thing that was unimaginable several years back), it's got a sliding QWERTY keyboard hidden under a dual-curve, 5.4-inch touchscreen display with 1440 x 2560 pixels. Obviously, the BlackBerry Priv isn't a handset for everyone. But, if you need a hardware QWERTY keyboard, plus the extra security that BlackBerry is bringing to Android, you may want to consider getting one. For a closer look at the smartphone, check out our BlackBerry Priv review.


source: BlackBerry

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Priv
  • Display 5.4" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 18 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3410 mAh

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19 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice! With Priv availability ramping up, we are sure to see an increase in handset sales. The Priv is an innovative handset, and is worth anyone's consideration that's looking for their next smartphone.

2. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

In your dreams boy, you know very well is about the kings of smartphones Apple and Samsung. Blackberry nis doomed trust me!

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Get off my sack, hater. Your time would be best spent learning how to properly form a sentence and spell correctly than trolling me.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Hey meanest, I'm sure you've seen this making the rounds (not on PA yet) but in case you haven't: http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/06/blackberry-qnx-self-driving-car/ (A good read for those who say BBRY has no future...)

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks! I have indeed read it, and it's definitely a good read for the haters that think BlackBerry is going the way of the dodo bird. Too many people here (and elsewhere) just don't realize how many things BlackBerry has its hands in. BlackBerry even has its hands in healthcare with its stake in Nanthealth and its newly formed partnership with Sharecare: http://crackberry.com/blackberry-partners-sharecare-accelerate-consumer-driven-healthcare-and-enable-secure-communication

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Allow me to also add the fact that QNX was one of the smartest purchases BlackBerry has ever made. The potential for what BlackBerry is capable of thru QNX is endless, and we are just beginning to see what it's capable of.

14. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

Lol, that was the best b slap I have heard in awhile.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, thanks. He had it coming to him.

18. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Aw 103 posts in almost 3 years, seems legit lol other accounts got a vacation?

4. tonyv

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

did sony even ever release a Z series phone on all 4 major carriers? lol good job, BlackBerry! pretty awesome :)

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They struggle to release them for more than 1 lol.

6. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

Yessssssss finally I can have my hands on a priv this the first time in a long time that I buy a blackberry phone and I just feel so excited ^_^

7. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

The 2mp front facing camera and lack of a fingerprint scanner was the dealbreaker for me.

8. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

Do you even know what the priv is about why would they include a fingerprint scanner when this phone is about privacy and security?? Plus it would only raise the price the 2mp camera is fine for video calling if you care about a front facing camera then go buy a asus zenfone selfie

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Or an HTC Desire Eye, my wife has one of those, it has a really awesome 13mp front camera, very high quality.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Raise the price? Lol it's already ridiculously expensive without a fingerprint scanner, something the 5X and the 6P has where the 6P can be used on any carrier and has some of the best specs available.

20. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Game is over for BB.

21. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

How or on what do you base this on?

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

So now that BlackBerry has made an Android handset you're going to troll them? You're PATHETIC.

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