BlackBerry is finally accepting pre-orders for Priv smartphone which will be available from 30th January 2016, across all channels. It is the company’s first Android-powered smartphone, coming with super high-end hardware along with BlackBerry’s mark security features. The pre-orders are currently live in the India, US, UK and Canada. Users need to pay Rs 62,999, $699, £559, and $899, respectively. The price tags are bit higher than what we expected earlier, and the US price tag is higher than the newly released iPhone 6s models. Source
Note: The currently offering BlackBerry Priv model is not compatible with CDMA carriers like Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular in the United States. We have to wait and see for CDMA compatible handsets.
The BlackBerry Priv offers a 5.43-inch QuadHD AMOLED Dual-curved display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels with an added protection from Corning Gorilla Glass v.4.0. Under the hood is driven by a 1.8GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit CPU paired with Adreno 418 GPU, backed by 3GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot for up to 2TB.
On the imaging front, the handset sports an 18MP rear camera with OIS, PDAF, 4k Video recording, 6P lens Architecture and 6DOF video stabilization. The Lens has an aperture of f/2.2 and also a Dual-tone LED flash. There is a 2MP front-facing camera with an aperture of f/2.8 and a pixel size of 1.75 microns, which is bigger than what we found in Google Nexus 6P/Nexus 5X and latest iPhones.
Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, and Bluetooth v.4.1, GPS, NFC and USB 2.0. It packs a 3410mAh battery that claims to deliver 22.5 hours of battery life. The device also supports fast charging, and it will run on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box.
The smartphone has a 4-row BlackBerry Slider Keyboard and measures 147 mm (184 mm with Slide out) x 77.2 mm x 9.4 mm; Weight: 192 grams.
Head over to the respective BlackBerry official websites (India) (US) (UK) (Canada) and pre-order. The smartphone will be shipped starting November 6th in US and Canada while the UK shipments will begin from November 9th and the Priv smartphone also available for pre-order from Carphone Warehouse in the UK.
Stay tuned for more updates!
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