BlackBerry releases the first official photos of the BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry releases the first official photos of the BlackBerry Priv
Ok, just because BlackBerry CEO John Chen had a hard time working the BlackBerry Priv when he did an impromptu hands-on the other day, doesn't mean that BlackBerry isn't 100% fully committed to its Android powered slider. In fact, the company has posted a series of photos on its blog today, that represent the first official portrait of the handset.

The company also noted that it will soon reveal when the eagerly-awaited handset will be offered for purchase. Judging from the excitement that BlackBerry has kicked up with the Priv, this could end up selling like hotcakes once launched. We expect to hear that the 5.5-inch screen has a 1440 x 2560 resolution, and that the device is powered by the Snapdragon 808 chipset. That means the phone will have a hexa-core CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. 3GB of RAM is said to be inside, and the 18MP rear-facing camera should come with OIS.

BlackBerry seems interested in promoting the secure aspects of the device, and that is important to differentiate it from other Android phones. But for the Priv to live up to its potential, the consumer appeal of Android cannot be understated, or else BlackBerry will end up in the same position that was in before getting this boost from the Priv leak. 

source: BlackBerry



1. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

If the price is right this will be part of my collection.

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Cant see it under 800$ for unlocked version.

10. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Even if it's expensive, I am going to buy it no matter what. I've waited so long for an android flagship with a physical qwerty keyboard. But even if it didn't have the keyboard, the device is just plain gorgeous.

25. jackson_kaeluen

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

A right price from current flagships :)

26. H3Drvr

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Needs to be priced inline with the Nexus devices. Otherwise, this will be DOA. Hopefully BB learned from the Z10 fiasco.

48. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

This will be my first Android Phone.. Been fighting switching from Windows Phone.. but compared to the 950 its a no brainer. I NEED a QWERTY Keyboard.

2. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

If the price is right this will be my next phone.

14. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Damn...feels like I need to watch that gameshow haha

3. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Official digital renders always look better than the real thing

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Looks great, my only concern is how well the phone is balanced when the keyboard is out. It's going to need to feel natural.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yep. That's my primary concern too. The screen is quite huge and it might make typing a bit unpleasant while holding in the hand making the phone off balance. That and the camera, ofc. Also, hopefully the keyboard would include the same touch functions as Passport. If all those tick the box then I am buying for sure. After the disappointing Nexus hopefully this might bring something interesting to the table.

17. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

someone already has a video handling this device and he said it is not top heavy when opened but so far that is one persons opinion

19. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

According to Chen's interview the keyboard will function like the PP did. It'll be interesting to see the sales numbers behind this. Blackberry seems to be going for two very niche audiences: Android-users who want keyboards and Android-users who want enhanced security. They must've done their research so I'm not going to argue with their strategy.

49. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

They are going for ANYONE that has been wanting this form factor. Anyone that has gotten tired of big screens that are impossible to type on. This includes Windows and iPhone users. I think it will shock a lot of people how well this phone sells.

23. Hashed unregistered

I'm concerned about the sliding with the thumb, since you'll have to place your thumb on the screen to slide the phone, is it gonna be an entry or a click?

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not really impressed so far.

11. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Curious to know what you aren't impressed with (simply curious)

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

He probably wants a logo of a different fruit on the device.

43. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

No one cares troll.

47. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Even if you're not a fan of the companies involved, it's hard not to describe the device as fairly impressive. To put a physical qwerty in a modern day smartphone with a 5.5 inch screen -- while keeping the device that thin and those bezels so slim -- is impressive on its own. It also looks pretty decent so far and does not look too top-heavy as a slider (based on how thin that screen looks when it slides out). An 18MP camera also leaves a glimmer of hope that Blackberry finally provided a good consumer camera as well. I would say impressive is the right word to use; whether or not you like it is another matter.

6. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Thats sexy!

50. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Salma Hayek is sexy. That phone looks good.

8. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

We can see QHD resolution is the norm of flagship smartphone in 2015, and curved display isn't a gimmick at all, it adds beauty to user experience. But Sony just goes beyond stupid and just want to sound better than others by jumping straight to 4k without using it in real life. Pathetic move! Congrats Blackberry for making another step forward. This device proves that Blackberry won't ever die.

28. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

How is Sony's 4K a pathetic move? If they got the tech and want to slap it in, why not? If everyone stays equal to each other in specs, then we won't have any advancement.

29. Rexperia

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

What's has to do this article with Sony Xperia 4K? Are u high??

37. bangkoktomboy

Posts: 70; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Why can't you just let it go? You're the one who is stupid to bring political talk here on a tech site. I know how your people suffered during the colonial period, and I also strongly condemn that war crime, it was horrible. So what can you do now? You want to hate each other till the end of the world? That's the past, you can't throw your insults on the young generation who know nothing, and make them guilty. You need to think outside the box, kid. You should remember the history, but NOT repeat the history.

12. carlemillward unregistered

Mums the word on battery capacity.

16. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

Battery is 3840 mAh big...

15. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

just release the thing before its outdated

18. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

I hate android.. but I love the phone's design.

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