BlackBerry’s first phone to run Android is official. The BlackBerry PRIV, a sleek slider handset that runs on Android instead of BlackBerry OS will soon be available for purchase. As to when the exact date of availability is, no one knows yet. But BlackBerry made sure you’ll be one of the first to know with the launch of a pre-registration or sign-up page for the BlackBerry Priv.
Before the launch of the pre-registration page, nothing about the Priv’s specs were known, although rumors were already floating about the main specs of the device. In the pre-registration page, however, BlackBerry was cool enough to reveal a few key specs of the Priv handset, although nothing has been revealed yet about its processor, RAM or storage capacity.
The PRIV will carry the following specs according to BlackBerry:
– Stunning 5.4” dual-curved screen
– Long lasting 3410 mAh battery
– Both touch and physical keyboards
– Schneider-Kreuznach certified camera
– Extraordinary audio quality
BlackBerry also adds that the Priv has the authentic BlackBerry keyboard, legendary security, streamlined communications and productivity. The Priv is further described as being packaged in an ultra-thin, ergonomically perfect device with a keyboard hidden by SmartSlide technology. BlackBerry finally claims that the Priv uses a DTEK warning system app that makes sure user privacy is protected.
The BlackBerry PRIV has the potential to be a hit for the Canadian phone maker. Previous phones from BlackBerry were poorly received because of the fact that BlackBerry OS is inferior to iOS or Android. Now that PRIV will run Android many users will be willing to try the PRIV, if only for the chance to finally have a physical keyboard on their phone.
Are you interested with the BlackBerry Priv? I know I am.
Source: BlackBerry Priv Pre-Registration Page
Update: BlackBerry recently released an introduction video showing how the sliding keyboard of the PRIV works. Here’s the video.