The Android slider phone will sell for ₹62,990 in India. Also, it will ship in the country starting on 30 January. If you're eager to see how BlackBerry transitions over to Android, now is the time to plunk down your money.
The Priv might be BlackBerry's boldest move to date, and it has less to do with the smartphone itself than what's powering it: Android. And now we know when we might actually see this game-changer.
BlackBerry has employed an odd promotional approach for the phone thus far, teasing it early this year, hiding it away for months, and then staying pretty mum on official details after the recent official announcement. But a leaked preorder page doesn't lie (we hope), and Droid-Life caught a glimpse before it was pulled offline.
But now, we have all the official details on the new BB. The slider phone has a 5.4in Quad HD (2560x1440) display that curves along the right and left edges, along with a QWERTY keyboard beneath. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, with microSD support up to 2TB.
You'll also find an 18-megapixel back camera with optical image stabilisation, a 2MP front camera, and a 3,410mAh Quick Charge 2.0 battery pack. Oh, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, of course, albeit with BlackBerry's own tweaks and added security software package.
Will embracing Android reverse BlackBerry's sinking fortunes, or is this ultimate merger of very different smartphone experiences likely to confuse potential buyers? We may find out in just a few days once we get our hands on a unit. Stay tuned for our full review.