Rumored price of BlackBerry Priv in China converts to approximately $630 USD

Rumored price of BlackBerry Priv in China converts to approximately $630 USD
Chinese tipster @Leaksfly has posted on his Weibo page, the price that he says the BlackBerry Priv will be sold for in China. According to his information, the Android powered slider will cost 3999 CNY, which converts to $630 USD. BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed last week that the eagerly awaited handset would be a high-end model, and be priced as such. He also hinted that some type of installment plan might be offered to buyers.

The BlackBerry Priv is expected to be equipped with a 5.4-inch, 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution screen. The Snapdragon 808 chipset will be driving the device, carrying a hexa-core CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. 3GB of RAM should be aboard. The 18MP rear-facing camera offers Schneider-Kreuznach optics and OIS, while the front-facing selfie shooter will weigh in at 5MP. Considering that the phone has yet to be officially introduced, we suggest that you take this with a grain of salt.

The Android powered 'Berry has been rumored to be touching down in November for some time. The actual release date is important to BlackBerry, since it would love to have the handset in the marketplace in time for the holiday shopping season. So far, the Priv has been certified by the Bluetooth SIG, and we await the release of FCC certification.

The next invitation sent out by BlackBerry for a media event, will no doubt be for the unveiling of the Priv. If you can't get this phone out of your mind, feel free to check in often along with the others who are dreaming of a Priv Chirstmas.

Thanks for the tip!

source: @Leaksfly via PhoneRadar

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56 Comments

46. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I will probably end up choosing between this and the Sony Z5 Premium. The Sony is more powerful and better looking but will probably cost at least $200 more.

42. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

That price just won't cut it.. Its not that it's priced more than it should be but more than what consumers will pay for a lower bra d name. Like it or not bb name doesn't pull in high prices on consumers. It will need to be in the low to mid 500.00 range to sell well in my opinion

44. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

BlackBerry phones have always been business and productivity centric devices. Maybe you won't hear about too many of the average Joe buying up the phone but I can see a lot of companies jumping at the chance to have its employees use a BlackBerry device with the world's leading mobile OS. Personally, I don't know what to expect with BlackBerry as they're going through more and more changes these day. Hell, I expected them to go under long ago to be honest, but they're still fighting and I hope they pull through.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

The BlackBerry name only garners less respect here in the states among consumers. They still have a strong name amongst enterprise and government. In the UAE, Africa, and Asian countries, BlackBerry's name garners more respect. While enterprise and regulated industries will be all over this here in the states, consumers in the aforementioned countries will be buying this device. And let's not forget that BlackBerry will now have a presence in China, the world's largest smartphone market, with a handset running the world's most widely used OS. The sales potential for this device is great indeed.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

"...the Blackberry Venice would be sporting a full QWERTY keyboard in tow, as well as it should sport a 5.4-inch QHD touchscreen, Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, a 5MP front-facing camera and 3GB of RAM." Hey Alan, you need to make a correction. The source article says 3GB of RAM, not 2GB.

19. wg1234

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

Any idea of a release date? or are they going to wait until nobody is interested or grabbed another flagship that IS available.

22. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

probably in Nov.

12. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

they intentionally don't want to succeed/survive.

16. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

With that price in China and those specs, and clean android its a successful recipe. Do you even know that Apple and Samsung flagships in China at lunch costed around 850-950$ ? Base 16gb iPhone model was 850$ every year.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

I really don't understand why you would think it's too expensive at this price, compared to other top-tier smartphones. For what you're getting, it's definitely worth this price.

21. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

its not priced competitively. At this point BB has to offer an incentive to the buyers and at that price it's just another flagship with a rather high price tag.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

For what it offers, it is both competitive and compelling. Near stock Android, more secure than the rest, and a slide out PKB that has the same properties as the Passport. And judging from the reaction all across the Internet, many intend to buy it. And in the US, for instance, buying a handset via carrier is made easy. Both T-Mobile and AT&T offer handsets for zero down. Also, if BlackBerry is looking to build profits in their handset division, they can't afford to price the handset too low. Sure, they may sell more at a low price, but then they will either just break even or be selling them at a loss. At a price of $630, they can generate a profit at a price that's still lower than what Samsung and Apple are offering.

10. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

Why do OEMs likes $650. That price is doing a good job to sharpen most of the nails for their coffins. To sell 5 Million units at that price seems dancing juju on top of a cliff. What will happen will happen. But I think I am not buying any phone in 2015.

15. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

China is one of the more expensive markets out there for non Chinese OEM's. IF, and I say IF its 630$ there then in USA its going to be at most 550$.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

1) Price says $630. 2) That's not expensive at all, when compared to other top-tier smartphones.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

If the leak is correct, then the pricing is awesome! But I'd wait to hear it officially from BlackBerry concerning the price.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It's a bit pricey if you ask me though. especially for a device with only 2GB of RAM and no mention on the on board storage capacity. Granted nothing is official about the device so maybe there's some inaccuracies with the specs provided, but I feel as though you should be getting more for that price from a hardware perspective, especially when paying an additional $20 will get you the 128GB Nexus 6P with a faster processor and more RAM.

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its still cheaper than EVERY SINGLE non Chinese brand flagship phone lunched in China. Also it has super clean android and even if it had 2gb of ram pretty sure it would perform better than lagwiz and its ram management issues.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't know typical Chinese brand pricing so I can't comment on it. and the fact that it looks like clean Android is a major highlight for me. I'm also sure it'll run better than touchwiz, but for me, if it were released state side with a price tag of $630, it would be a little two high for what it would offer me.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Pricey?! It has 3 gigs of ram and the on-board storage OS 32 gigs, which can be expanded through micro SD card slot. Slide out keyboard with the same features as the Passport and thinner than the Note 5. A special chip has also been inserted that it secures Android from its core, and it has a hexa-core 808 SoC. I'd say it's well worth the price.

37. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Alright, well, I would like to start out by saying that the article said it had 2GB of RAM earlier. Also, you're talking to a guy who's grown accustomed to managing without a keyboard for mobile phone interaction sense 2009, so the keyboard doesn't exactly bring value to the device (specifically speaking for myself). Also, you know full well that for quite some time now, I've had my eye on the Moto X Pure which starts at $399, has the same resolution screen, expandable storage, and the same processor, so having to pay an extra $200 for another brand with a few alternate features which aren't selling points (Once again, I speak for myself), you can see where I find the price hard to swallow. The larger battery is nice, but not $200 nice. Remember, value is subjective and right now, but for me, $630 for this phone is missing it's mark.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 23091; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with the points you made. I just think that for what the Priv offers, especially the security and privacy aspects of the phone, it's well worth the price. A dedicated chip injected into the phone that secures Android from its core? And software baked into the phone that alerts you if your privacy/security has been compromised? Those are things you can't put a price on, IMO.

41. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And I would highly recommend this phone for people who use their device for business purposes, but that's not the case for me. I might use the flashlight or camera to snap a shot of something to avoid note taking, but I don't deal with business sensitive/critical information using my device so the privacy concerns are not too urgent in my case.

3. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

shut up and take my money blackberry

29. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Waiting for the official confirmation on the price and reviews.

2. TheHeartBreakKid

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 07, 2015

Awesome news. Will be a game changer for BB at this price for sure. I guess ill have to wait until this gets released to buy a new phone now. P.S - Leaksfly has given wrong info in the past. So, lets see how this turns out.

1. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Wow! If my mind wasnt made up before... it is now. I will wait until it is officially released but at that price...

5. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

agreed that's too much

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

630$ for a top android flagship phone that even has a real sliding keyboard is too much? This phone has more value than most of android phones if it ends up having also great camera. It actually has a great unique feature unlike the gimmick's from samsung and others.

31. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

it has 808. there are cheaper phones with the 808 released already. does the physical keyboard justify the price? people are saying that the 950xl is too expensive and then compare it to the nexusp which gives you more for $650. Why is it wrong to compare this phone with other android devices with the 808? all this phone has is the physical keyboard.

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