BlackBerry Priv is an Android-Running BlackBerry

BlackBerry phones were once high and mighty.  Known for their good keyboards and vaunted emailing capabilities, BlackBerries belonged to the hip and business-minded crowd alike.  There used to be a time when BlackBerry phones were as visible as Nokia phones and iPhones in public places.  Apple’s iPhone, and eventually Google’s Android phones, spelled the death knell for BlackBerry phones.

The explosion of apps and touch-based devices made the exodus from BlackBerry a quick affair.  BlackBerry, formerly known as Research in Motion or RIM, has been trying its best to recover from its fall but efforts like the BlackBerry 10 operating system and other new devices were not received as expected.  Now, the solution appears to be to release an Android-based device.

BlackBerry recently confirmed that it is releasing an Android-running device and it will be called the BlackBerry Priv.  It then released a few official photos of the device, confirming leaks and rumors about the Android slider.  The BlackBerry Priv will be release this year according to BlackBerry but the specs, features and pricing have yet to be officially revealed.  Below are the official photos of the BlackBerry Priv.

An official press photo of the BlackBerry Priv

An official press photo of the BlackBerry Priv

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The rumored specs of the BlackBerry Priv include a 5.4-inch curved display with 2560×1440 resolution for 544ppi pixel density, 32GB of internal storage with microSD slot, a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 18MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera.

The BlackBerry Priv could be the last effort of BlackBerry to revive its hardware business.  Company CEO John Chen claims that BlackBerry might shift its focus entirely on providing security software if the BlackBerry Priv fails.

BlackBerry Priv Specs

  • 5.4-inch curved display with 2560×1440 resolution
  • 544ppi pixel density
  • 32GB internal storage
  • microSD slot expansion up to 128GB
  • Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 18MP rear camera
  • Schneider-Kreuznach optics
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 5MP front-facing camera

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