Demand heavy for unlocked BlackBerry Priv; new orders ship the week of November 23rd

Demand heavy for unlocked BlackBerry Priv; new orders ship the week of November 23rd
So far, it would appear that there is strong demand for the BlackBerry Priv. While pre-orders were shipped out starting on November 6th, and AT&T had the device in its stores on that date, those purchasing the phone now from BlackBerry's online store won't see their Priv shipped until the week of November 23rd. When asked to comment, a BlackBerry spokesman said, "We’ve begun fulfilling shipments as of November 6, but due to demand we’ve phased shipments and this is for next wave."

The Priv is BlackBerry's first Android phone, which alone would be enough to generate demand. Throw in a rarely seen slider form factor with a physical QWERTY keyboard, and BlackBerry's famous security, and you have a device that has plenty of interest behind it. The BlackBerry Priv is priced at $699.

The BlackBerry Priv features a Gorilla Glass 4 protected 5.4-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. That works out to a 541ppi pixel density, the highest ever for a 'Berry. The Snapdragon 808 SoC is under the hood, carrying a hexa-core 1.8GHz CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside, along with 32GB of native storage. A 2TB capacity microSD slot is available to those seeking additional memory. An 18MP Schneider Kreuznach camera is located on the back, while a 2MP front-facing camera snaps selfies and handles video chats.  A 3410mAh battery keeps the lights on, and Android 5.1 is pre-installed. The Priv will be updated to Android 6.0 next year.

Check out our BlackBerry Priv review by clicking here.


source: BlackBerry via MobleSyrup

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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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24 Comments

1. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

Good for blackberry Hope to see more devices soon , I want a midrange BB10 using a more powerful SoC than that dead S4 Plus they used with the Leap ... I currently own a Huawei Honor 4x but I would definitely had bought the Blackberry Leap had it made it to Egypt despite using the S4 Plus SoC but it is good overall ... I am not too much interested in the classic and the passport is too expensive for me ... If the Priv makes it to Egypt and after a couple of years I could buy it for around 300-340$ I would probably go for it but I prefer the BB10. OS as a whole

5. Rafishant

Posts: 396; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

A highend Android smartphone after couple of years would be a pure obsolete handset whatever specs it has. This is not an exclusive OS arena. The competition in Android racetrack is extremely fierce.

8. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

I agree with your last sentence. IMO, it's that fierce competition in Android that has led to some outstanding phones over the last few years. I also believe that it is the lack of competition in the iOS sector, and the fact that Apple can slap their logo on a turd and their fans will buy it, that has caused the iPhone to fall behind high end Android devices in just about every category (screen, camera, battery life, RAM, storage, etc.). I wish Blackberry the best of luck. The Priv seems compelling. I'm trying to decide if it is worth crossing over from a Note 4 to the Priv. The Note 4 has the same amount of RAM and a microSD card slot just like the Priv. The Priv adds a physical keyboard and Blackberry security. However, the Note 4 has a better screen, better processor, multi-windows support, removable battery, fast charging, and the S-Pen (which I use a lot). I would probably pick the Priv over the Note 5, because of the microSD card slot, but not over the Note 4. I think if Blackberry adds a digitize stylus like the Note series (not that stupid Pencil thing that Apple is trying to fleece people with), fast charging, and maybe multi-windows support to the Priv 2, they could steal Note users away from Samsung. Samsung left themselves vulnerable by getting rid of the microSD card slot on the Note 5, which really matters to people like me that find themselves in places were wireless data is unreliable or unavailable. The ability to add 128GB of storage to my device for movies and music is a must.

12. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

The Priv DOES support fast charging 2.0 ;-) If you like to root your phone though, like I do, you'll better stick to the Note 4. Also the camera software from the Priv needs some tweeking... For the rest the Priv looks like a wonderful Android phone wiht the interactive fysical keyboard. https://youtu.be/IE7HwelN740

15. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I used to have a note and now rock a priv, can't really say am missing anything and one can easily do away with the s pen, if not get yourself a stylus!

16. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

I don't believe you ever owned a Note, period. If you did, you would know that the S-Pen is not just a "stylus," so it can't simply be replaced by one. The Priv looks like a good phone, so I don't think there is a need for someone to lie about another product just to support owning the Priv. You might as well be an iPhone user. iPhone trolls lie about how magical their phone is all the time, too. Insecure much?

17. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

IPhone? Lol you almost made me spit water lol and you can look back at my 3k+posts and see I've never owned an iPhone nor said anything positive about them. But hey Sammy fans like you seem even more hurt when someone ditches your product for something better, butthurt about me calling th s pen a stylus? Seems that way lmao. Believe what you want, but just saying, my avatar isn't an android for no reason, retard.

20. McNamee

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Blackberry has a stylus for sale on shop blackberry. I personally have not used one but it's an option.

21. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Keep the Note 4, is a better option than Note 5 or Priv.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You forgot to say IMO, which is of course what you are entitled to. But it epreally depends on the individuals wants and needs. There are those that would say that the Nore 5 or the Priv serves their needs best.

2. Rafishant

Posts: 396; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Not necessarily, Last year BlackBerry Passport was sold out after two yeeks of its release, but later, the selling numbers were way lower than expected. They probably don't have enough stock, which is still a good start for the Priv. So let's wait for the financial report release to know how many units BlackBerry sold before being so optimistic and cause later damage to the firm shares. Wish BlackBerry good luck

4. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

The passport is a niche product that's why it didn't sell in tons

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with NFHesham. The Passport was a niche product, and never intended to sell huge numbers. Chen even said from the beginning that this device wouldn't be for everyone.

3. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

I am not too keen on Android and "Appzzzz and Gamezzzzz " and the childish war between fanboys , I just want something that is good inside and out and different as well iOS is a no-go for me even if I had the money ... I desire either a windows phone or a BB10 . both are equally good but I like bb. a bit more

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

This bad boy is priced in the iPhone territory, so it may be a no-go for you as well.

11. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Lumia 950 the way to go, but I will admit this phone is intriguing, but the fact that it is android means you have not left android, so you would be back to using the same operating system again....so things will feel old in a short time of time, fresh start would be windows or apple

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Truly intrigued..... Truly want this to do well. I will try to leave the slider fan boy at the door when giving this a shot, as I might break down and buy it just because I STILL miss my keyboards, even though I haven't had one since 2011-ish.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pretty good start for the Priv. Demand being high is a good thing. I believe that BlackBerry didn't manufacture a huge number of Priv's from the beginning to gauge demand. With it being what it is, and BlackBerry having 3 manufacturing partners, they will be able to fill demand with no problem. It will be interesting indeed to see what kind of impact the Priv has on BlackBerry's upcoming financial report.

13. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Good to see nice demand for the PRIV.

14. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Loving mine, just missing my swipe gestures!

18. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Hopefully interest continues to be high. People should go to a retailer and demo the Priv. I think it offers enough new and unique features as well as security which Android has been lacking. Hopefully these unique features and security offerings are enough. The monster battery and great camera are also selling features. 22+ hours on a charge. (It does have fast charging and it does have wireless charging (US model only)).

19. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

BlackBerry making money with Android™. Sorry BobbyBuster I just had to say it :)

22. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Where is him? I miss his pointless comments :c

23. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Damn I really want to give Priv a try :c

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