It’s official now. BlackBerry CEO has confirmed that the company will be making an Android-based smartphone, aimed with a launch date for end of 2015, and also reported a greater-than-expected anual loss. Stll, the Canada firm believes that its new handset called BlackBerry Priv, will boost its quarterly earnings as it heads into 2016. Regarding its release date timeframe, details goes wild and check it out right now right after this jump.
First off, we’ll be speaking about BlackBerry’s annual loss, and as the company reported that its latest quarterly loss was 13 cents per share on revenue of aprroximately $490 million, withn analysts expecting 9 cents per share loss on budget reaching closer to $600 million. CEO of BlackBerry, Jihn Chen speaks, “We are focused on making faster progress to achieve profitability in our handset business,” Chen said. The company also announced plans earlier this month to acquire rival Good Technology for $425 million. “From these initiatives, we anticipate modest sequential revenue growth in each of the remaining quarters of fiscal 2016.”
Confirming a previous rumor from June, the smartphone will have a slide-out keyboard and will evidently combine “the best of BlackBerry security and productivity” with Android’s robust mobile platform applications, he said. The company has confirmed Priv will launch by the end of this year, 2015. The Android Priv will also be supported by the BlackBerry 10 OS and also get a software update around March.
The BlackBerry Priv is an Android power-up and was initially called Venice, but nevertheless it gets its official name earlier this week. BlackBerry hopes Priv will fill a niche in the smartphone market with a device that can work as an enterprise-ready work machine, but will be fueled by Android’s expansive mobile app ecosystem.
According to its purported specifications, BlackBerry Priv is said to shows off its face with a 5.4-inch QHD (2560x1440px) resolution screen and under the hood, it is powered by a Hexa-Core Snapdragon 808 Chipset by Qualcomm, paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage and has an expandable microSD card support. Camera-wise, the BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone will be having an 18-Megapixel rear with dual LED flash, OIS, PDAF, and houses a 5MP selfie front-facing sensor and it supports all 4G LTE bands when we talk about its connectivity.