BlackBerry Priv: All-New Android Phone With Sliding Keyboard Makes Debut For $699

Would you like to check details of the BlackBerry‘s last roll of the dice when it comes to an Android smartphone? Launched Priv, BlackBerry’s first phone not to run on its own mobile operating system, which is equipped with a sliding screen that reveals a keyboard and trackpad on-board.

Here’s the much-anticipated BlackBerry Priv, probably be the first and last phone it ever makes that too running Android OS. It’s the phone that will, by BlackBerry’s own admission, be the hardware that determines whether BlackBerry continues to make phones at all.


Priced at $699, which is hefty by Android standards and what actually Priv means for security, which would be the first major device since the Passport, a major bet for a Canada based company that struggled to stay relevant.

It is a slick consumer device with a great display, sharp camera, and access to a huge library of apps; a business workhorse with long battery life, slick e-mail functionality, and a physical keyboard and of course a secure, Fort Knox phone for the tin-foil hat brigade. Android is pushing manufacturers and carriers toward a more aggressive patch schedule, hoping to tighten security across the ecosystem. Priv, looks to solve both problems at once, offering a more secure Android phone that can resuscitate BlackBerry and lead the way for the phones across the board.


The BlackBerry Priv’s design is really great. It has a 5.4-inch curved screen, power-packed Quad-HD AMOLED display posing smartphone, which is powered by a Hexa-Core Snapdragon 808 processor and runs on the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with BB apps like DTEK for Android that lets user know when your privacy could be at risk, further can take action to improve it.

It sports an 18-megapixel rear camera with dual-Tone LED flash, OIS, Phase-Detection Autofocus (PDAF),  1080p video recording at 60 FPS, and 4K video recording at 30 FPS. Hosues a 5MP forward facing camera for better selfies. With 4-row slider keyboard, it is paired with 3GB of RAM, available in 32GB of internal storage with expandable microSD card support of up to 2TB space.


The 4G-enabled BlackBerry Priv Android slider also offers WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS, NFC, USB 2.0 with Slimport and it packs a 3,410 mAh battery with up to 22.5 hours battery life with mixed use, fast charging capabilities.

What more unique with Priv? The curved glass doesn’t actually offer any particular features, except for a cool colorful battery “gas gauge” that creeps upward on that edge as the phone charges.


Android BlackBerry Priv Specifications:

  • 5.43-inch (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD AMOLED dual-curved display at 540 PPI with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • 4-row BlackBerry slider keyboard
  • Hexa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 ( 4x 1.44GHz ARM A53 + 2 x 1.8 GHz ARM A57 ) 64-bit processor with 600 MHz Adreno 418 GPU
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 18MP rear camera with dual-tone Flash, OIS, PDAF, f/2.2 6P lens, 4K video recording, 6DOF video stabilization
  • 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.8 aperture, 1.7 micron pixel size
  • Dimensions: 147 (184 opened) x 77.2 x 9.4mm; Weight: 192g
  • 3.5mm audio jack, Front-facing speaker and 3 microphones
  • 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS, NFC, USB 2.0 with Slimport
  • 3,410 mAh battery with up to 22.5 hours battery life with mixed use, fast charging

So that game is n, BlackBerry Priv is right here. Buy it if you like it. After all its just a smartphone runs Android.