Save 23% or $150 on the BlackBerry Priv for the remainder of the month; phone now priced at $499 USD


So BlackBerry has released the DTEK50, its second Android powered phone. While the 'Berry guys might have had the time to really mesh together BlackBerry and Android on the new phone, you might want Android and that physical QWERTY experience that has been a part of BlackBerry for so long. That means that the BlackBerry Priv should be on your shopping list. And from now through the end of this month, BlackBerry has a deal on the handset.

For the remainder of August, the unlocked Priv can be yours for $499 USD. North of the border, the price is $650 CAD. The phone is a GSM model which means it will work with AT&T and T-Mobile in the states. The sale takes $150 or 23% off the $649 USD that the phone cost yesterday.

In case it has slipped your mind, the BlackBerry Priv features a 5.4-inch AMOLED screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. Driving the unit is the Snapdragon 808 chipset carrying a hexa-core 1.8GHz CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of expandable native storage. A 2TB capacity microSD slot is available for those seeking additional memory.

An 18MP camera graces the back of the unit and offers OIS capabilities. Shoot selfies and handle video chats with the 2MP front-facing camera, and the whole shebang is powered by a 3410mAh battery. The Priv now runs on Android 6.0, and the phone slides open to reveal that aforementioned physical QWERTY keyboard.

The deal runs until 10 am ET on August 31st. If interested, click on this link.


source: BlackBerry

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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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121 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I really don't know why this thing is still more expensive than an Axon 7 or Oneplus 3

3. Rafishant

Posts: 402; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Because it was insanely overpriced by John Chen, and it is now too late to fix this big mistake. So better keep it as it is.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you check online at sites like Amazon and others, only the AT&T branded PRIV is going for less than $400 unlocked. The GSM factory unlocked ones are still above $400.

2. Rafishant

Posts: 402; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Very expensive $500 (without taxes and shipping cost) for a phone with Snapdragon 808 and a terrible 2MP front-facing camera. Still much more expensive than OnePlus 3, Axon 7, LG G5 or Galaxy S6 Edge, which are better than the Priv in almost every aspect. But, If you really love and want this phone you can get it for $300-$350 on eBay AT&T unlocked, and it now comes with Marshmallow.

6. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Best Buy has one priced at $380 which is marginally better but yeah it's pretty high for something somewhat outdated though on par with the Nexus phones price performance wise so...

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. The price at $499 is too high now for a phone that's been out for almost a year, but it is comparable price and performance wise to the Nexus and Motorola handsets that are similarly spec'd.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No it isn't. Both of those handsets are unlocked for all carriers, so they aren't the same at all.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

Read what I said again and try and comprehend it. Both price and performance wise, they're all similar. I know you want to be against what I said because it was me that said it, but not everything is a battle, dude. Grow up.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're just paranoid. I'm not singling anyone out

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

I never said you were "singling me out". Learn reading comprehension.,

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You implied it in your comment.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

No I didn't. You're just searching for a reason to pick a fight.

51. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You need to own up to your bs. Isn't that what you tell me? Looks like you need to take your own advice.

59. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

I tell it to you because refuse to do it. Just like now. The person in comment #6 said something similar to what I did, before I even said it. Yet, you chose to disagree with me for what? Because it's me and you wanted to pick a fight with me. So you knew what, you actually did "single me out". NOW I'm saying it. Now own up to your BS. But you won't, because you're too much of a coward to.

67. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The only reason you're saying it now is because you were exposed and called out on it. I did the same thing you do in previous articles, so get over it. You are clearly being paranoid and it's pretty blatant that you are.

74. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

The only reason you're not owning up to your own BS is because you're a coward. I've proved it time and time again, on several articles. I just proved that you singled me out, given that someone else here said the exact same thing I did, yet you chose to attack me over my comment like a bumburned idiot. It's clear that you're a coward and that you always will be, and now you're once again predictably playing the victim.

86. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're clearly paranoid. That explains why you and your PIC are trolling in the recent blackberry article.

92. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're clearly backtracking and being a coward. That explains why you troll so much and then play the victim role.

104. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're clearly done here. Take your L and just shut up about it.

113. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Nerve touched, deep in your gut because I'm posting the truth about you. Now stop backtracking and being such a coward with your victim role BS.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not too compelling of s price you can get the AT&T branded one unlocked for less. If price is your concern, go for that one. However, the shop.blackberry one gets all updates pushed straight from BlackBerry. No waiting on carrier approvals. So if speedy updates without carrier BS is more important t to you, go for this one one shop.blackberry. Oh, wait: "BlackBerry should make this phone even cheaper. It's not worth it at this price, when you can get a Nexus 6P blah, blah, blah, and it's universally unlocked blah blah blah BlackBerry doesn't know what they're doing blah blah blah going out of business blah blah blah". Sound about right coming from the you know who's?

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I got a PRIV last month at $410. It's blazing fast, but camera sucks!

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

I find the camera on the PRIV to be quite good. DXOMark rated it as good as the iPhone 6s and Sony Xperia Z3, and better than the Galaxy S5. Have a look: http://blogs.blackberry.com/2015/12/privs-camera-scores-strongly-in-respected-dxomark-benchmark-equalling-iphone-6s6-plus-topping-others/ The actually puts it in the top 10 of DXOMark's best rated phones.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because you've used one to know how well the camera performs, right? Of course you haven't.

16. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

DXO is the worst comparison site. Z3 fails to capture text while the HTC M8 can capture even smaller text. So which camera is better?

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'll take their reviews over yours, thank you very much.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

User experience can say much more than a review, which btw is funny coming from you since you've criticized PA about a few blackberry reviews.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22393; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is ironic coming from a guy that's criticized me in the past about saying that very same thing about user experience. Funny how you only bring that up when you think it'll suit you best. Hypocrite, much?

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Like you can talk. You do the same thing with the whole CDMA and universally unlocked argument.

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