Android-Powered BlackBerry Priv: Confirmed Official Name, Release Date Later

The Canadian company has confirmed the Priv, but it hasn’t shared any official specs, so all we know about the device hardware-wise comes from the rumor mill. Blackberry Priv is to be released with an 18-megapixel camera along with optical image stabilization (OIS), which helps capture smooth videos.


That might as well be the bumper sticker on BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s auto.

As part of Blackberry’s Q2 Fiscal 2016 results, the company is planning to release Priv by next year.

BlackBerry’s upcoming Android smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv, has been leaked in a new set of images, showing off a 64-bit processor and its video recording capabilities. “In recognition of our long history of valuing our customers’ privacy we’ve named our next generation phone Priv, a name that has tremendous value for everyone worldwide”, the website explained. The smartphone includes 5.5-inch dual-curve screen, most likely manufactured by Samsung.

The images and specs show that it will sport a 64-bit processor, particularly purported to be the Snapdragon 808 hexa-core SoC that works in tandem with the Adreno 418 GPU for graphics processing. BlackBerry announced the external beta of the PayPal integration sometime ago, and with this update, it would offer a solution to users who would like to share a restaurant bill, buying a shared gift, or paying back personal loans to friends via BBM. Netflix, Snapchat, Instagram, Hulu and many others refused to develop for the platform because they considered it too fringe and there weren’t enough users to make their time developing and maintaining an app worth it. This resulted in Blackberry signing a deal with Amazon and bundling their App Store on all future devices, primarily because BB10 had an emulator to run Android apps.

Are you excited to get your hands on the Priv?

32GB, 64GB, and 128GB of internal storage are typical options in the smartphone space. This is basically what most new phones have, allowing the “Blackberry Priv” to mark the company’s reinvented competitiveness. Meanwhile, BlackBerry shifted its focus to software services, where revenues improved by 19% this quarter. I’d put the Priv in the $500 to $600 price range, which converts to £330 or £400 and AU$700 or AU$850.


Blackberry has yet to reveal how much the smartphone is going to cost and if it will target the handset to individuals or to companies.

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