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 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 18 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3410 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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78 Comments

84. Bubbybuster

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

I love rooster and droid. Everyone makes money with droid

87. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

We love you, new boobybuster.

78. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It looks like my prediction that this will outsell all non Samsung android flagships is going to be spot on. It sounds like there are already a lot of takers.

76. Monsterhunter

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I wanted to preorder this phone today but Telus mobility customer service stated that it will not be available for preorder for 4 weeks. well that is a little crazy....since Rogers has it available. grrrrr.

66. darkkjedii

Posts: 31813; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That is one bad ass phone. Beauty, and specs. BB is back.

65. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

I just pre-ordered mine for 699$ i think its a fair price , can't wait for it to be delivered.

63. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

BlackBerry wants 880 USD from us, Europeans. f**k THEM! f**k BlackBerry! For real...

60. shinywindow unregistered

I will wait and catch the fire sale after Christmas price or Craigslist price. Shouldn't be long.

73. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2127; Member since: May 29, 2014

Won't take that long for the fire sale on you though.

56. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

I'm going to buy one soon as I can hold it and test out the software I don't ever buy something in the dark as much as I want this phone I can't wait till a carrier has one in store

64. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

This is exactly what I was going to post. I will pay what they are asking for this happily with a song in my heart and a dance in my step if it is the BB quality we have always respected and the privacy monster they are promising. But I do want to try it out. There have been a few devices that completely turned me off (the Lumia 1520 comes to mind) once I held them and a few that completely sold me (the HTC One M8 for Windows just blew me away once I played with it). Need to test drive before I buy. Just how we roll.

51. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

G4 is already cheaper that, $450

72. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2127; Member since: May 29, 2014

G4 has been out for how long now??

50. tobico

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

Wow, so soon. If it were available in Australia, I'd be preordering right away. I guess I'll take advantage of the chance to see what the reviews are like before it makes it over here.

49. GeekMovement unregistered

Well $699 is better than $749 lol. Tempting tempting!! I'd like to see some full reviews on this phone.

55. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3204; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

In many states, the $50 covers sales tax.

47. nivek4011

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

i'll wait until the price drops. but i really want one!

46. viper7916

Posts: 25; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

Im in canada and the prices on my carrier are Lg g4 $699 S6 edge+ 32gig $949 Note 5 $849 S6 32gig $849 IPhone 6s 64gig $1029 IPhone 6s+ 64gig $1159 Those are the prices off contract

40. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I just can't see the reason for that price as a consumer. I'll have to for a price drop to see if I'll bite. Sorry bb but your prices are unreasonable if you want to get back I the game.

45. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

The Priv is pivotaly aimed at enterprises, because of BB's great reputation in security. Any enterprise can afford it at this price.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 23128; Member since: May 28, 2014

Will be ordering a Priv shortly, although I am considering on waiting to see if T-Mobile will pick it up. I personally feel that the price is just right for me. Same price as the Passport at launch. For those concerned about the price, you have your reasons and it's totally understandable. I personally think it's priced right for what it brings to the table, but maybe that's just me. Anyway, I'm sure there will be carrier deals and leasing of the handset at a lower upfront cost (at least here in the US), and I'm pretty sure BlackBerry will drop the price (at least temporarily) for some type of special deal. Here's to hoping that we see some marketing for the device pretty soon (I doubt it, it's BlackBerry, after all. They SUCK at marketing), and here's to hoping it sells in great enough quantities to make the handset division of BlackBerry profitable. The more OEM's we have, the more choice we have, the more innovation we will have. Consumers will only benefit from this.

62. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

BlackBerry.... market a product??? Why you talking crazy Mr. genius???

81. meanestgenius

Posts: 23128; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao!

18. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

An IPhone with two third of Priv's spec would have cost 1000 $ and people would flocked to buy it. Since it's blackberry and Android whining starts for high price.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 23128; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. +1 for the truth.

41. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Was gonna say the same thing..

42. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Anything with Apple's brand on it can sell at any staggering price.

17. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

The phone design looks cool but its totally overpriced, Blackberry youre just going mistake by mistake... Stop wasting your last chance to overcome. I respect their products, quality, but they need a good deal.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 23128; Member since: May 28, 2014

The phone is geared primarily for enterprise, regulated industry, and government. That being the case, they could price it above $800, and they will adopt it.

69. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

This is expensive because 1. BB has put their all out security prowess on this, 2. It marks the 1st ever time they built an Android phone, and 3. Just look at how beautifully crafted this device is! I'm just a tad disappointed of why they put a 2mp FF selfie camera..

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