BlackBerry confirms Priv is a ‘flagship Android slider’ launching later this year

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It’s official: BlackBerry is joining the Android family.

BlackBerry today confirmed that it’s working on a new Android-based smartphone called the BlackBerry Priv, a name that CEO John Chen says reflects “BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy.” BlackBerry didn’t say anything about the device’s specs, but it did describe the Priv as a “flagship slider device.” The Priv is slated to launch in late 2015.

Here’s Chen’s full statement on the BlackBerry Priv:

“At the same time, we are focused on making faster progress to achieve profitability in our handset business. Today, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy. Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.”

While BlackBerry hasn’t said anything about which carriers will offer the Priv, past reports have suggested that it will launch on T-Mobile. That’s exciting news because the Priv is an interesting device. Not only is it BlackBerry’s first Android phone, but it’s the first time in a long time that we’ve seen an Android phone with a physical keyboard.

It’s rumored that the Priv will launch in November.

Source: BlackBerry (Marketwired)

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  • Acdc1a

    Flagship + Blackberry = Expensive as Hell. Well it was a fun thought…

    • steveb944

      BlackBerry isn’t that expensive, it’s in line with the competition.

      • Acdc1a

        If it’s more than $399 (and it will be) it’s not in line.

        • steveb944

          Other than the crappy Android offerings for that price point, what flagship doesn’t come with a high price tag? Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC all have release prices of $550+.

        • Acdc1a

          Moto X Pure Edition? That would be a good place to start.

          Samsung, LG, and HTC can’t maintain their release pricing for even 6 weeks so that’s moot as well.

        • steveb944

          As I said, crappy. I don’t consider devices that are missing top of the line features in the flagship category.

          Why does that matter? It still won’t drop to your $399 price point. The Nexus 6 barely hit that price, the S6 just reached it this week on offer, and LG still sells their G4 for a bit over that through offers.

        • Mark

          What “top of the line” features are you referring to?

        • steveb944

          In regards to Moto…If you’re releasing a device so late you have to deliver on all fronts and not hold back.
          Arguably-processor, fingerprint scanner, USB type C, small battery, lower RAM, and I think it’s missing OIS.

          Now I’m not saying BB will deliver on these, but Moto sure doesn’t.

        • Chris

          And this is where the argument falls.

          I have the Moto X, and it does just fine without an OIS.

          Low light picture isn’t great they say… but seriously though, what kind of pic are you taking in the dark that you can’t turn the flash on?

          Processor is just fine – it’s smooth and fast. What are you installing on your phone that needs that much power?

          No USB Type C – guess what at least I didn’t have to buy new cords for my car, work, etc.

          Small Battery – phone lasts me throughout the whole day just fine. It probably would’ve last me 2 days if they had put 1080p instead of a 2k display.

          lower RAM – 3GB is enough on a phone. Like I said on top with processor. What are you installing on your phone that you need 4 GB of RAM?

          To me, the phone is top of the line.

          Having extra hardware that you “might” benefit from does not make a phone top of the line. This is like saying iPhone 6 that has 1 GB of RAM isn’t top of line.

        • steveb944

          I was agreeing with your points until you lost all credibility in saying ‘iPhone’ and ‘top of the line’ in the same sentence.

          You may not need top of the line specs, but some of us do. I prefer future proofing a device as it locks me into the device for a bit longer. ‘fine’ and ‘enough’ isn’t good enough for me when referring to my tech.

        • Acdc1a

          Future proof? Now you’re showing your colors as an Assclown. If you future proofed 3 years ago, you’d have a note 2, iPhone 4s, or LG G…you can’t future proof a phone moron!

        • steveb944

          “future proofing a device as it locks me into the device for a bit longer”
          BIT longer.

          No need to resort to name calling when you’ve lost an argument.

          Good luck with your Lenovo overlords on that ‘Moto’ device.

  • steveb944

    Take my money!

  • Jose Lugo

    I still don’t get the name “priv”. My other concern is in the weight, I’ve had sliders in the past and they were top heavy so hopefully they thought about that. I gotta see it to believe it on this one, not sold just yet.

    P.S

    Could I get a classic with Android and a larger screen or even a Passport? Em I asking too much?

    • 21stNow

      Yes, you are asking for too much!

    • Nate

      Yeah, I might enjoy that as well.

  • Android_God

    What is a blackberry?

    • TheVorlon

      A fad.

    • eanfoso

      Something superior to android, in addition to not downloading malware to your phone from their official app, unlike lagdroid.

      • Chris

        XCode Ghost for iOS…

        Inception malware that can potentially harm iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows devices…

        Seriously, when are people going to realize that no system is secure.

        A lot of these “Malware” are a result of users installing or falling for crap.

        Stop trolling.

        No OS is “more” secure than the other.

        I’m a linux enthusiast but I can tell you that you can use a Windows machine just fine without all the “added” anti virus crap. Just set it up properly and use it properly.

        Always be informed.

        • Acdc1a

          Apple has long told their loyal user base that they’re immune to virus attacks, malware, and the such. You would have thought the iCloud hack would have brought people around…apparently not.

  • Mark

    The most recent Android slider I’m aware of on the TMo roster was the LG F3Q, and that was available at least a year and a half ago (my S/O has one). Have there been any since, and does anyone know when the F3Q fell off the roster?

    • Bklynman

      Last I look at TMO,website,they were still selling it for,believe or not $330.00,the price it 1stcame out with,it is at least 2 year old. Go figure.
      This was like month ago.

    • Joe

      F3Q is a crappy phone. My wife had one for over a year and had dropped calls, texts not going through, random restarts. It was so bad she wanted to go back to Verizon. Well I got her a Galaxy S6 and now she loves Tmobile. F3Q should have never been made.

  • Ordeith

    Blackberry goes Android, and throws away everything they once stood for.
    It’s a sad, sad, day.

    • Enzowned

      They had to. A long time ago at that. They threw away a lot when they refused to do much as iPhones and Androids first got going.

      • Ordeith

        But Android is pretty much the polar opposite of the privacy and security Blackberry once stood for. They give up everything by using Android and relegate themselves to being nothing more than another Android vendor in a sea of Android vendors.

  • Nate

    I am excited for a slider with a decent sized screen.

  • I just hope it’s around the $600 range. It will definitely be a great device, but considering Blackberry’s small marketshare of the smartphone/hardware space, it doesn’t seem like a smart move to price it ridiculously high.

    • Deibid

      I’m hoping under $450

      • Ooh… I have to say, that’s wishful thinking. I’m about 5000% sure it’s gonna be around and/or over $600. I would like it to be around $550 myself, but I highly doubt it will be. I have the feeling, especially with the curved display, and looking at their recent Blackberry releases pricing.

  • Fuuuuuuuuu

    Given that this is a thicker phone because of the keyboard, I would hope they use that extra space to cram flagship hardware in there (64-bit CPU, some decent ram, nice camera, and a good display) as well as focusing on injecting the elements that make BlackBerry software what it is. Android is a great platform to build upon, and I wish them success in these new endeavors.

    • g2a5b0e

      With most of the things you mentioned, extra space is not needed for flagship specs. A 64-bit CPU takes up no more physical space than a 32-bit one. Depending on the modules used, 4 GBs of RAM wouldn’t necessarily take up more space than 3. A good display doesn’t necessarily take up more space than a bad one. I’m sure you get the point by now.

      • Fuuuuuuuuu

        Actually, a nice camera either needs a massive bulge on the back…or it could take advantage of the extra space to be flush in this phone.

        And more space within a phone could absolutely mean that hardware designers can relax a little bit and not have to perform surgery just to squeeze everything in there just right. Maybe some room for more antennas…a bigger battery…the list goes on.

        • g2a5b0e

          Right, but I said most & I didn’t mention camera.

          And previously, you mentioned nothing about more antennas & a bigger battery.

  • impasse

    so this is pronounced “prive” like rhymes with “five,” or rhymes with “div” hmm

    reminds me of the early windows vista days (“veesta,” or “vista”)

    • Ordeith

      Priv, short for privy, synonym for crapper – a place to put crap.
      Crap like Android. What a fitting name.

      • rushaoz

        You must be an amazing person to hang around with. -_-

    • Fuuuuuuuuu

      Priv (pronounced like div), short for Privy, meaning knowing something that is on a need-to-know basis/private matter. Essentially, this is being used as a synonym for “secure” or “private”.

      Ignore the dumb troll ;)

      • Ordeith

        Thinking anything that uses Android is secure or private. please.

        • Fuuuuuuuuu

          If you’ll use your powers of reading comprehension (which you seemingly struggle with), you’ll notice that I wasn’t claiming that Android was secure.

          I was simply stating the definition and usage of Priv in this instance.

  • Abhi

    Bob: I got a new phone.
    Dob: Whats it called?
    Bob: Blackberry Priv
    Dob: Priv… What? Looks like you didn’t type the whole name.

    • Technosquid

      Venue sounds even better.

      Priv just reminds me of Palm Pre, which was another phone with a slide-out keyboard.