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Priv by BlackBerry has met much anticipation as it comes toward launch before the end of the year. BlackBerry’s had an interesting media unveil to say the least across the last few months, but this has turned with two video releases briefly highlighting the new Android powered device. First, Carphone Warehouse published a polished hands-on  with Priv by BlackBerry where standalone applications like BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Accounts can be seen in a slightly modified multitasking queue that takes inspiration from BlackBerry 10 active frames. The video promotes similar features to those released on the Priv by BlackBerry registration page.

Carphone’s page lists the following specifications:

  • 5.4-inch, 2560 x 1440 resolution AMOLED display (540ppi)
  • 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage (expandable to 2TB)
  • 18MP rear camera – 2MP front camera
  • Dual LED flash
  • 3,410mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 147 (184 opened) x 77.2 x 9.4 mm
  • Nano SIM
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

“The elegant smartphone features a dual curved 5.4-inch Quad HD display, QWERTY keyboard, 3,410mAh battery and an awesome Schneider-Kreuznach certified camera lens.”

BlackBerry followed up on this video publishing their own introduction to the device. It takes the viewer through a simple show and tell highlighting BlackBerry software additions atop the Android OS to maximize ease of communication and that awesome touch enabled keyboard. The video is actually commendable as it is not a screen render or reproduction -it’s an honest intro that highlights smart marketing savvy. The close up shots of the screen show great detail and allow you to easily follow the actions going on in the 40 second run through.

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It’s great to see better and better materials coming out to support Priv by BlackBerry. Let us know if you’d choose this device over existing BlackBerry 10 offerings down in the comments.


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    Not downgrading to Android. Next up would be WP. But rather have a BB10 upgrade. Whether it be the BB10 Priv and or Z50.

    The only issue with the Priv is its not BB10.

  • Shivam

    I will surely have dis device I lv blacberry

  • Love the passport, but can’t wait to try the priv.
    Hope it’s as good as the passport.

  • Chris

    Did a search on the flow berry site and typed in BlackBerry outside…….

  • Chris

    Found it

    • Nick Coper


  • Chris

    Got a 404 not found.

  • Chris

    Thanks. I will check it out now.

  • Chris

    It definitely looks refreshing. The hardware specs make it snappy and vibrant. … but like many others, i’m not a fan of the tap hold hub app launch. I’m curious thou…what makes BlackBerry Hub so exclusive to BlackBerry? Does it need to be linked to a BlackBerry server to work? I’m surprised that there isn’t already an app out there. Also ‘if’ Chen is done with Bb10 , licensing would be an option, but what about making it open source, or would that affect security across the board for QNX? Obviously there.is still lots of potential value in Bb10. Chen has to have a home for it. He mentions in the code interview that business sector will dictate it’s future. I would love to hear some discussion on bb10 fate

  • udeme ebio ekong

    Love the qwerty keyboard, just like my passport, a virtual track pad

  • Nick Coper

    If you look carefully BlackBerry tried to reproduce the L effect to show up the Hub. Problem with Android.. it is not a gesture OS at all. Version after version they integrate some *shortcuts* coming from other mobile OS but the basis are not there.
    The first impression is… well.. I really hope that the keyboard and the weight is well-balanced… and second they need to create enough pointing mouvement with the tactile keyboard because jumping from keyboard to display just to select a destination (in the video)… will be really complicated with the size between keypad and the area to select (180 mm)…

  • Ija Ali

    Also it’ll be nice if you can reply to pop up messages by simply sliding the physical keyboard out before the pop up goes away which automatically sends you to reply mode for the pop up, allowing you to respond and send then sliding the keyboard back. All while you never left your current app.

    • Rigo

      That would be a nice feature indeed! One could say that would increase productivity over BB10 in that regard. I love the Flow of my Passport, but hope the slider and Android will bring their own productivity advantages.

  • Ija Ali

    Not sure I’m feeling holding down that button icon to launch the hub tho. I hope there is a faster way to get to it than having to press and hold, wait for the 3 icons to pop up then select hub.

    • Brayant

      Exactly what I was thinking. All I want is for BlackBerry to be successful and a comeback with this Priv so they stop losing money in the handset business . That been said am not interested in picking this up nor purchasing any android powered handset for that matter. I will continue sticking with BB10. I careless about the apps. The most important ones I really want I have them installed already. Am waiting for passport sale on black Friday hoping the will make price cut especially on the SE. Because am looking to upgrade my 3yrs old Q10.

      I Will Stick With BB10 Until They Dump It.

  • Ija Ali

    I love it. I’m a BB10 advocate but I’m not blind to the reality of the handset biz. With that said I complete get this decision and support BlackBerry 100%. I’m getting this bad boy and let’s hope it does well. If so, BB10 and the handset biz will stay afloat.