Meet the Android-based BlackBerry Priv as showcased by John Chen: curved 5.5-inch screen confirmed

Meet the Android-based BlackBerry Priv as showcased by John Chen: curved 5.5-inch screen confirmed
Although earlier today BlackBerry confirmed the existence of its Android-based Priv smartphone (previously known as BlackBerry Venice), the company didn't show us any photos of the handset. Thankfully, BlackBerry CEO John Chen made an appearance in a BNN Canada video with the Priv in hand - so we now have the very first official look at the device.

As expected (following all the previously leaked images), the BlackBerry Priv has a large display that's curved on the sides, similar to the dual-curve screens of Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge and S6 edge+. John Chen is confirming that the screen is a 5.5-inch one, though he doesn't say anything about resolution (which is likely 1440 x 2560 pixels). Also confirmed is that the Priv is powered by a Qualcomm processor (probably the Snapdragon 808), and sports a sliding QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard is touch sensitive, just like the keyboard of the BlackBerry Passport, so you'll be able to use it as a touchpad.

All in all, the BlackBerry Priv is intriguing, and we're looking forward to testing it. The smartphone should be released before the end of the year, for a price that hasn't been announced yet. Until more details about it are unveiled, take a look at the Priv below, and let us know if you like what you're seeing.

P.S.: Is it just us, or does John Chen look a bit clumsy using the BlackBerry Priv?

source: BNN via Droid-life



1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

"you get all the good stuff" LOL. Nice phone tho, but a tad too big for me and no fingerprintscanner.

14. engineer-1701d unregistered

and 3 years to late

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

That remains to be seen. Let's give it a fair chance before saying this, shall we?

20. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Yes, like how dual edge screens dominated the market 3 years ago. Right on buddy.

23. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

You will be dissapointed to learn that it's 2.5D glass. Not dual edge.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now you're really just trolling with your lies.

47. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Post links as proof. Oh wait... You NEVER post links? Just LIES. Got it Samantha.

67. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Actually, if anything, the timing could not be more perfect. 2-3 years ago, they would've been put into competition with the Galaxy S4, the LG G2, and the HTC One which were pretty phenomenal devices back then. Now, however, I think people are in some ways upset with Samsung, LG, and HTC for producing products that don't seem to have the same wow factor as they did before. So, with every other manufacturer producing what looks like pretty stale products for 2015, here comes Blackberry with a pretty unique product that has captured that wow factor the others lost.

70. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

better late than never, blackberry has sleek designs that can attract people like me. so for me, the more the merrier, why worry about their sales? it's their business anyway, unless you are investor of this company, that can really hurt you.

71. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

And how is it three years late. Super innovative I'd call it!!! A first of it's kind also.

2. carlemillward unregistered

He does look clumsy, probably isn't used to the whole Android experience. Maybe he should ask for some tips from his wife, since she had a lot of experience with her Samsung Galaxy S5.

24. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Maybe his wife helping BB to design the phone. LOL

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

She'd do a better job than you, that's for sure.

3. Busyboy

Posts: 735; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Chen played this out quite well. After announcing huge losses today, Chen reveals the Priv.

25. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Chen should have done this years ago.

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Looks, the slide is back. I like the mouse option on the keyboard.

6. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I know this is going to be an irrelevant argument, but of all the OEMs battling for survival, HTC with their One A9, Sony with their Z5 family, and Blackberry with their Priv? All I can see is HTC will be the 1st to file for "you know what is"

9. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

HTC spreaded the Apple jam on their slice of One A9. Sony is trying too hard to not taking any inspirations or design cues from other manufacturers, keep playing safe and refined the design of the Z5 series. BlackBerry had no choice but to join the Android clan, they know their own clan won't attract many people. And yes, these are three legends that are battling for survival. The first one being confused, second one being stubborn, and the third one being newbie.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Blackberry has been absorbed into the Madrid clutches of Android. Is Nokia has done the same they would still be here. Both Samsung and Apple wouldn't have such a big hold on the market. Nokia could have kept their large market and Samsung and Apple could just be the top options. The whole market could have been a different ballgame.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Whether BlackBerry joining the "Madrid clutches of Android" and producing an Android handset bares fruitful results remains to be seen, but I'm all for the continued presence of BlackBerry hardware in the smartphone market, no matter what OS is being used. And this handset is beautiful, very reminiscent of the Galaxy S6 Edge +. Hopefully, the Priv will lead to better handset sales for BlackBerry which will hopefully lead to new BB10 handsets long-term. However, I will say this for the Priv: It has garnered the best press BlackBerry has seen in one of their handsets in a long time.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Galaxy S6 Edge +, plus BlackBerry's iconic keyboard = The BlackBerry Priv! This curved screen smartphone is gorgeous! BlackBerry now has the best looking BlackBerry AND the best looking Android handset (on par with the S6 Edge +) currently in the industry! Can't wait for a full specs release and performance/real life usage reviews. And John Chen looks like he's really struggling with this handset, lol. He even tries to use the "swipe-up" gesture to go back, (the mark of a BB10 user) and calls the operating system "The Google". Note to Chen: Next time, spend more time using the handset BEFORE you give an on-camera demonstration of it.

11. gaming64 unregistered

Are you excited for it, meanest? It would be a great phone for security and business. I'm only curious if stock Blackberry apps maybe included.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm very excited for the possibilities it brings to the smartphone market. Secure Android handset, best PKB on an Android handset, and a BlackBerry that can natively run the full gamut of Android apps, even the ones that require Google services. I'm also excited to see if BlackBerry includes their "Experience Suite" baked into the Priv. But maybe I shouldn't show my excitement for this handset at all, as there are a few clowns here that feel that I don't have the right to support and be excited for a BlackBerry handset running Android, smh.

12. gaming64 unregistered

Excited for what it has to offer.

17. miketer

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Looks like a sturdy handset, apart from being beautiful too.

18. miketer

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Something or the other has to go wrong. Venice was sounding good, suddenly 'Priv'...

22. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

"Priv" is short for Privacy. The BlackBerry hallmark.

36. miketer

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Yeah, I know, but it's kinda awkward, imo. They don't have to make any names around that word, coz nothing will sound nice. Also, after coining a name from 'Privacy', somewhere I read (can't find which article) about Chen mentioning that the phone is not completely secure according to Blackberry standards and there'll be more updates in the future to completely proof it. Hence, they could've continued with the 'Venice' name. Or if they didn't like that name, maybe BlackBerry Shield? Has a better ring to it.

60. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Priva( in terms of marketing. Two syllables, easy to pronounced, catchy, rolls off your tongue. It might have been already used to name a yogurt already or something though. Lol still sounds a lot better than priv, which doesn't fit the marketing name 101 M O in the slightest.

66. miketer

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

yeah, a little more thought by the Berry guys wouldn't've hurt them. This proves that their marketing department is very very weak...with whatever we've seen in the past years and also now,when the time is right to come in with a bang with this phone...and here they are, with a kind of brand name that coincides with a Chinese Co. 'OneplusOne', hahaha. Atleast the 1+ guys got a great marketing team.

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