The BlackBerry PRIV is turning out to be one of the most interesting devices of the year. Obviously, the big news is that for the first time, the company will use the Android operating system in one of their devices. And while this might seem to be targeted to those users that are extremely loyal to the company, it might result in a good smartphone for those who are not familiar with the brand as it combines a pretty unique design and powerful internals. The main advantage of such a device is that the company is using its expertise to make it very secure. We practically know every detail about the BlackBerry PRIV as the phone has been seen in several photos and teased by the company itself.
The company has also confirmed that they will begin taking orders starting tomorrow and the phone will apparently be shipping on November 16th. Now, several versions of the phone have been certified by the FCC, which confirm that the release date is not very far. While there were supposed to be six variations of the phone, only three of them have been certified to be used in the US and those include model numbers STV100-1, STV100-3 and STV100-4. The label part shows some screen caps meant to show the regulatory information, and it looks like a nearly-stock version of Android, plus the MSM8992 processor belonging to the Snapdragon 808 can be seen there too.
Other specs for the BlackBerry PRIV include a subtlety curved display that measures 5.4 inches and features QHD resolution. The screen slides up to reveal the physical keyboard that has always distinguished phones from this company. 3 GB of RAM are on board and there are 32 GB of internal storage, but this can be expanded with micro SD cards up to 2 TB. The main camera is an 18-megapixel one and the one in the front is 2 megapixels. There is be a 3,410 mAh battery for power supply and it runs Android 5.1 out of the box, but we will have to wait a little longer to see how the company enhanced the operating system. The BlackBerry PRIV is supposed to cost around $750 for the unlocked model.