BlackBerry Priv officially available to pre-order in the US and Canada

BlackBerry Priv officially available to pre-order in the US and Canada
A couple of days ago, BlackBerry temporarily showed the Priv as being available to pre-order in the US for $749. However, it's only today that pre-orders are officially starting, and the good news is that the handset doesn't actually cost that much.

Customers in the US can pre-order the BlackBerry Priv for $699, while folks in Canada have to pay 899 CAD (about $684) for it. The smartphone should start shipping on November 6, both in the US, and Canada. The Priv is not a CDMA handset, so it will not work on Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular, but it is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile.

As you may know, the Priv is BlackBerry's first Android-based smartphone, and is presented as a secure handset. It comes with a new BlackBerry app called DTEK, which reportedly "lets you know when your privacy could be at risk so you can take action to improve it," while at the same time offering access to the Android ecosystem. The Priv has a sliding QWERTY keyboard (a rarity these days), in addition to a 5.4-inch dual-curve Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixel) display. Other features include LTE connectivity, a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 3410 mAh battery. An 18 MP rear camera (with OIS and 4K video recording) and a 2 MP front-facing camera complete the specs list.

So, who's ready to pre-order the BlackBerry Priv?


sources: BlackBerry US, BlackBerry Canada

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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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78 Comments

1. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Unless I'm blown away with this hands on, I dont see how this price tag is justified

6. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I just bought one. So now I have that and the 6p on the way. The price is a tad too high, but I said f**k it.

12. aegislash

Posts: 1427; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Same here. Winced at the price as I ordered, but so worth it. Best of all my favorite devices in one package. (curved screen, keyboard, and Android) Can't beat it.

61. Bubbybuster

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

I got a package for you

75. Monsterhunter

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Bobby buster...........N'd I got a rocket in my pocket and two tickets to your sheerness. LMAO hahahahaha

14. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Well hell I want to hear your opinion on it then lol since Im sure it'll be a while after PA post theirs

27. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I'll be happy to let you know once it comes

16. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Same here SamsungPhanboy. I ordered this and the Z5 Premium. The prices were high for both but I said f**k it.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21152; Member since: May 28, 2014

So you went and pulled the trigger on it? Good for you. I'll be doing the same.

28. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Of course man! I'm a tech nerd. Although I'll admit I think it's overpriced, it has all the components except one of my dream phone (missing a fingerprint scanner). But yea, make sure you order!

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 21152; Member since: May 28, 2014

Cool! Definitely will be ordering it soon!

32. Rafishant

Posts: 390; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

I placed my order a few minutes ago. I will give it a try. If I don't like it, no problem, return it

82. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Not bad only £559.99 in the uk, have you noted the price of the crap spec (less spec than the USA) Htc A9 in the uk, a joke

68. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Don't worry. You won't. It's overpriced anyway.

74. Monsterhunter

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

BobbyBuster, BobbyBuster......Y U So negative? Have faith fellow human sheep person lol

70. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

900 Cad...fck¡

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3049; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Another Priv article, another dose of "this is too expensive" comments. I may be in the minority but I feel the price is more than fair when you compare features to other Android flagships. I'm not referring to Meizu, Oppo or any other Chinese phones that may or may not last more than 1 year. Compare it to the S6, Z5, One M9 and others in that league and then factor in the security, keyboard, SD storage, battery life and BlackBerry Hub.

7. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

...but the phone really is priced a tad too high.

23. danwatson

Posts: 117; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

Compared to what? It's cheaper than most other high end phones from iphone, android, LG, and HTC and has moving parts and a keyboard...both expensive to produce & assemble. It also has the curved QHD screen (Samsung adds a lot for S6 Edge+), sd support, and a fairly big battery which would put it above much of the competition. Sure, it's up there in price and I certainly would love to pay less but it definitely isn't overpriced in this market. The only things cheaper are low budget offerings, no name companies, or chinese manufactures for the most part.

34. Rafishant

Posts: 390; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

It is not cheaper than any phone except the iPhone 6s Plus. You can get those mentioned phone factory unlocked much cheaper in the US on great eBay deals. Galaxy S6: $429 Galaxy S6 Edge: $540 Note 5: ~ $600 Galaxy S6 edge+: ~ $650 iPhone 6s: ~ $650 LG G4: $420 HTC One M9: $450 All these prices without taxes. And this is the US, where many claimed has a very good price. No, it isn't. So the only phone that is more expensive than the Priv is iPhone 6s Plus.

35. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3049; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Which one of these "deals" is a brand new phone with full factory warranty and return/exchange policies? Yeah, I thought so. Just check out T-Mobile's prices. http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phones.html

38. Rafishant

Posts: 390; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

All of these phones are brand new factory unlocked with 15-30 days return and exchange availability. But many of them are international versions, so they don't have US warranty.

43. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

+1 Game, set, match

53. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3049; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No warranty and probably no LTE. Nice, I think I'll pick up a few.

58. meanestgenius

Posts: 21152; Member since: May 28, 2014

But NONE of those prices are launch prices. These are prices dropped lower than the launch prices. Why aren't you making a fair comparison? How about we compare the launch prices of all of those handsets to the launch price of the Priv? Galaxy S6 launch price, as sold directly by Samsung: £559. That's $856.11USD. Got that from here: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2382855/galaxy-s6-release-date-specs-and-price Galaxy S6 Edge launch price: €849-€1049. That's $945.42-$1148.06USD. http://www.s6galaxy.net Note 5 launch price: $942USD. http://samsuggalaxynote5.com Galaxy S6 Edge+ launch price: $779-$799USD. For the 32 gig model. https://www.androidpit.com/samsung-galaxy-s6-edge-plus-review iPhone 6s launch price: between $649-$800USD depending on where you buy it. For the BASE 16 GIG MODEL, THAT OFFERS NO MEMEORY EXPANSION, of course. http://www.cnet.com/products/apple-iphone-6s/#! LG G4 launch price in UK: £500, which equates to $790USD. But I will note, carriers like T-Mobile sold it for $500 off contract. http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/lg-g4-news/ HTC One M9: launch price was £579.99. That's $888.25USD. http://www.3g.co.uk/PR/August2014/htc-one-m9-release-date-specification-and-price.html These are all comparisons of base launch prices. So yes, the Priv is fairly priced at launch when compared to other flagship prices when launched.

71. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2122; Member since: May 29, 2014

You're making too much sense for these trolls. You might hurt their feelings. +1 yo.

79. meanestgenius

Posts: 21152; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks, Bobby D. Gotta shut the trolls down whenever possible.

10. PryvateiDz

Posts: 439; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I completely concur. I did wish and believe it would be $649.00, but it's not that bad either, and they really have went all in on the specs and features. I can afford it, so I don't mind. But I can understand people being upset because Blackberry is on the edge of being pushed out the smartphone market, so to price it high (especially with such a great opportunity and device), is a bit meh.

19. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

The reason is this... Why should someone will buy another Android for 700.00$ without many cases out there available or just gettin an iPhone and being part of the 'Apple group people taking selfies at Starbucks', The price is just too high for this, this is their first Android try out, so far customers dont know how its going to be and even thou they had a bad reputation since the BBZ10 came out, I heard many Tmo customers complaining about defectives units.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 21152; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's running Android, not BB10, so trying to equate the two makes absolutely no sense. This handset is not "just another Android for $700". It brings things to the table that no other Android handset does. No one knows how ANY handset is going to be until you try it. Different OEM's put out defective handsets all of the time. It's not intentional. Even heavyweights like Apple and Samsung have put out defective units. Remember the various "gates" that was going around?

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