BlackBerry Priv pre-orders are live, price set at $699

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After months of leaks and waiting, BlackBerry today began taking pre-orders for the Priv, its first Android smartphone. Pricing for the Priv is set at $699, and orders are expected to begin shipping out on November 6.

In exchange for your 699 hard-earned dollar bills, you’ll get a smartphone running Android 5.1.1 on a 5.43-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display that’s covered in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. Slide up that display and you’ll see the BlackBerry Priv’s physical keyboard, which is a “Capacitive Touch Keyboard” that’ll give you navigation controls and cursor control.

The BlackBerry Priv sports a Schneider-Kreuznach-certified 18-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, Phase Detection Auto Focus, and a dual color LED flash. The front of the Priv is home to a 2-megapixel camera with a wide selfie mode.

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Finally, we dive into the inside of the Priv to find a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 3410mAh battery that supports fast charging. There’s also a hot-swappable microSD slot that’ll support cards up to 2TB in size.

The BlackBerry Priv supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 29, and 30. As with other unlocked phones that list band 12 support, though, the Priv’s support for T-Mobile’s band 12 LTE and VoLTE is unknown. The Priv also offers support for HSPA+ on bands 1, 2, 4, 5/6, and 8, so it ought to play nicely with T-Mo’s HSPA network.

One other detail that’s worth noting is that while no carriers have announced plans to offer the BlackBerry Priv directly, BlackBerry CEO John Chen previously said that he’s working with all of the major carriers on the launch of the device. Additionally, a leak from back in August claimed that the Priv (then known by its “Venice” codename) would be part of T-Mobile’s lineup. For now we’ll just have to wait and see if T-Mobile does indeed announce plans to carry the Priv.

Source: Shop BlackBerry

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  • T Redd

    good luck with that price

    • Adrian Ferg

      People will pay the money its not alot for a phone at all. Your average high end phone is 650-750. Plus most ppl get their phone through a carrier and finance so its no big deal. The phone looks great id rather have a nice phone with a quality keyboard for work purposes.. Phones are more than cameras these days ppl act like cameras are the only thing on a phone because thats basically whats upgrading on phones otherwise their all pretty much similar renditions of eachother. Cheers to bb for trying to do something different with whats all out there now for ppl who use their phone for more than snapshots and fb

      • jacque jones

        i agee

        • Saul Viayra

          Me too

      • Acdc1a

        I disagree. The tide is turning. The S6 is already down to $529 and the G4 even less. The moto X comes in at $399. The only one commanding $700 for a smartphone (at least for long) is Apple.

        • T Redd

          exactly. especially from a dying company

        • dtam

          spec wise, this is closer to the moto x and lg g4 which are both $400ish. :-) is smoking something really good for this pricing


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  • nearvanaman

    Certainly the high end of the scale with regards to price. I wouldn’t pay that for a black slab but the keyboard is enticing.

  • Sushimane

    Take my money I like it

  • David

    The whole idea of the form factor of phones as we see nowadays is to get away from the physical keyboard and use finger as pointing device. Don’t see this blackberry as a success.

  • YABD

    700?! Oh my God.

    • AS118

      That’s my only problem with this phone. Otherwise, it’s something I’d get.

      • Acdc1a

        6 months to a year they’ll be blowing out the remaining inventory.

    • eanfoso

      That’s unlocked price, they always sell it for cheaper to carriers, we want a t mobile phone anyway.

  • Yea. Blackberry is no more after this. BB loyalists will not buy this crap because it runs Android.

    • JBrowne1012

      No this would because blackberry is favor by the loyalists not for their software but rather their hardware. They will do just fine I’m sure.

  • VG

    YIKES! It will sell some units for those who want a great keyboard + Android, but not enough to move the needle for BlackBerry. R.I.P.

  • steveb944

    I’ll wait to pick it up from T-Mobile directly with confirmation of B12, or some sort of deal. I really wanted this device, but the price makes it difficult.

  • kgraham182

    Why hasn’t BlackBerry create a device like this before with these specs for their own OS? Why did they have to wait until they install Android? Is Android that poorly optimized that it need the latest specs to work buttery smooth? All I hear from droid fans is how ancient the tech is in iPhones, Lumia, and BB10 devices. But the talk is never lag. Android motto should be “the best or nothing at all.” Since that’s what you need for a smooth and fluid experience. Reviews of the Nexus 5X say the SD808 and 2GB is not up to par.

    • JBrowne1012

      Lol that is an absolutely absurd argument is like saying your baby blue prius is better than a camaro because it doesn’t use gas. Sure it may not need gas or much power and can be more convenient for the average driver but you can’t really expect to take it to a track and beat a camaro or even have fun with it truly. It’s completely different niches. Like a Camaro, Android has more viable options for enhancing your experience more effectively. The iPhone is like the prius, it is just something you are expected to use as it is, sure you might be able to get a different look by changing the wall paper but that is about it. Though Apple has been realizing people want some of what android has to offer and has been giving in to the demands of which is a good thing as it is no longer a prius but rather a tesla. It is not Android that is the problem(it’s not even a problem), in fact if you use it for basic things you don’t need much processing power. It is the fact that Android works like a PC and like a PC to run certain software or in this case apps certain specifications are required to get the best experience possible.

      • Bud

        Hahaha, what a joke! iPhone does more with less specs. Than any android crap out there. The fastest phone on the market today is iPhone 6s,fact!

        • Saul Viayra

          Truth thanks to Samsung soc

        • Bud

          Apple proprietary design. Samjunk is a fabricator, and a pi$$ poor one. As TSMC is a better fabricator.

        • eanfoso

          TSMC is what Chinese android manufacturers go to because they’re cheap as hell. Apple will make a blunder if they go TSMC route.

        • JBrowne1012

          What does iPhone do more that Android doesn’t already do or have done in the various hardware that utilizes Android? Also the 6s isn’t the fastest it’s among the fastest maybe but not the fastest. Try to leave your fanboyism at home and think logically for once. The before the 6 series iPhone they were incredibly behind the curve in terms of hardware. Technology is something where newer is trend and if you don’t get with the new then people won’t care most times.

        • Bud

          please take a dollar out of you’re pocket and go buy a clue.

        • JBrowne1012

          Lol is that all you can say “bud”dy?you have effectively proved me right with your response so thank you fanboy.

        • Bud
  • Thomas White

    This website should become a all blackberry site it’s the only thing consistently reported on a few times a month on this site. I’m going to go out on a limb say most people coming to this site really don’t care about blackberry

    • E

      What?? Dude, relax. I have no interest in BlackBerry either but I don’t take offense to hearing BB news.

  • Jose Lugo

    Again, give me a Passport T-mo!!!!!

  • Technosquid

    Congratulations Blackberry! Your first Android phone looks just like Dell’s last Android phone… the Dell Venue. The one they released in 2011 just before they exited the phone market altogether.

    • Verizonthunder

      Correction Dell released a Windows 7 smartphone with similar form factor not an android device.

      • Technosquid

        Correction Correction. They made an android version of that phone as well. Venue Pro = Windows Phone, Venue = Android.

        • Verizonthunder

          Venue pro with the slide out keyboard was windows so again I stand corrected.

        • Dada

          “I stand corrected” means that you admit to being wrong. So no, you do not stand corrected, you were correct.

        • Verizonthunder

          Google “Dell Venue Pro” windows 7. Pathetic you cannot tell the difference.

        • Verizonthunder

          Sorry about that Dada. Half asleep earlier when responding was busy last night with studies for advanced mathematics class.

        • eanfoso

          You must have a link to support that.

        • Technosquid

          Actually I don’t. I went back to dig up a link and realized that only the Venue Pro and not the Venue had the slide-out keyboard. I’ve brought shame to my family for generations. I will never show my face on the internet again.

        • eanfoso

          Good American

        • logical

          the venue pro was an a windows qwerty slider. the android venue did not have a physical keyboard

        • Technosquid

          Already resolved, but thanks.

  • steven berson

    $699!!? are these guys high. They have a grasp of the market and demand that price. Doubt this will sell well. Personally I would drop the 2k display for 1080p, lower battery to 3200mah and use gorilla glass 3. Drop the price to $349. Would probably eat sales from moto x pure, one plus two and nexus 5x.

    • Dada

      Um. You’re retarded if you think 1440p is 2k.

      • steven berson

        Do you really have nothing better to do?

      • DD

        Um. 2k+ and 4k is based off of the higher numbers, e.g. 2560 vs 1440 and 3840 vs 2160….

    • Resolutionisnthard

      Please, resolution isn’t hard. If 4K is 3840×2160, you just need to divide by 2 to get 2k…. Let me do the math for you, it’s 1920×1080

    • eanfoso

      That’s factory unlocked price, actual carrier phones are always cheaper.

      • (J²)

        Not anymore they aren’t… Traditional contracts are dead.

        • eanfoso

          When did I say contracts??? Wtf o.O

        • (J²)

          You can either purchase the phone outright from the carrier or sign an installment agreement or lease. All are based on the full retail/unlocked price.

        • eanfoso

          Or buy directly unlocked from the manufacturer. When purchasing directly from the manufacturer (which is the case right now) the price is always higher, mainly due to the fact that carriers buy phones in bulk, passing the discount to us, the consumer. For instance, Sony flagships are released at exorbitant 750$+ directly from Sony, however, the carriers sell them cheaper than that. What I’m saying is that t mobile will sell it for cheaper than blackberry, so don’t think this is the final deal as a tmobile costumer.

        • (J²)

          You are right there, sometimes the savings are passed along to customers. In some cases, phones are pushed to sell off the remaining inventory. It’s something that could happen but isn’t guaranteed.

          I just simply wouldn’t count on anything more than a temporary promotional price cut or a reduction of price to sell off the inventory.

          I think Sony and RIM are in similar situations (now that you mention it). They both appear to be somewhat out of touch with the demand and the value of their products which eventually lead to them having to slash prices and write them off.

        • eanfoso

          Not counting on it, it’s a fact. it’s been always the case of unlocked versus locked devices. Except apple, only manufacturer that sells locked and unlocked devices at the same price.

        • (J²)

          It’s actually not but feel free to believe what you wish. If you have the time to visit T-Mobile.com, you’ll find plenty of phones being sold at their full retail price.

          T-Mobile and Sprint most recently offered their iPhone 6 and then 6s at pretty impressive discounts (with and without trade in).

          What was once true, isn’t the case today…..

        • eanfoso

          No it still is, recently seen with Microsoft selling lumias unlocked at their stores for a higher price than a carrier branded. The “discounts” on iPhones are not from the retail price but from their lease programme. Yes, I visit t-mobile.com quite often, and if you compare those prices with the ones from the manufacturers websites you’ll see their unlocked version is marginally higher than magenta’s version.

  • lomsha

    Looks like this thing will be impossible to root. No purchase for me.

    • gmo8492

      Even with Knox, people can still root Samsung phones. The most important part is if the boot loader is not locked.

      • lomsha

        Indeed and it will probably be locked.

        • Philip

          I thought anything for T-mobile the bootloader is never lock. For example, Samsung for T-mobile is not but for ATT is is locked. Thank you T-mobile!

        • lomsha

          It’s still up to the manufacturer and bb is touting security sooo.

    • eanfoso

      That awful moment when humanity is no longer concerned about privacy.

      • lomsha

        Privacy is a myth, if you think you have any you are naive.

        • eanfoso

          In the world of Asian manufacturers yes absolutely, blackberry however plays the biggest role in protecting your data. Back when Edward Snowden revealed what was going on it was found government officials couldn’t infiltrate BBM, none the less Eric Schmidt, head of Google and key player in android, owns a blackberry for his privacy so unless you say Eric Schmidt is naive blackberry does bring security.

      • Ordeith

        That happened a long time ago. Google wouldn’t be nearly so successful if people cared about privacy.

        • eanfoso

          That’s what I’m saying, it’s really sad when humanity is no longer concerned about privacy. Additionally, blackberry should’ve been gone, but the prism case gave it the boost to stay afloat, just enough to survive. There are those of us, business owners that really care about privacy.

  • gmo8492

    At this price, BB would need to rely more heavily on enterprise customers to move these. They picked a bad time to come out with this pricing strategy since the android space is extremely competitive in regards to the specs vs price ratio. Under $500 would have been a nobrainer falling in line with Nexus pricing.

    • Acdc1a

      Spot on. As usual, BlackBerry fumbles in the endzone.

    • eanfoso

      You can’t compare blackberry to these Chinese manufacturers where android is extremely competitive, plus is definitely a much more premium device than a nexus, way out of range.

      • lomsha

        How is it much more premium?

        • eanfoso

          Better camera, qwerty keyboard, legendary blackberry security, amazing blackberry blend,dual edged screen, definitely worth the extra 200$

        • Mario Muriel

          Better camera? How do you know that if there are no picture comparison, the nexus 6P has bigger microns for low light situations, legendary blackberry security? I don’t know about that is android there are alway exploits since is open source. As far as the blackberry blend I am not sure if you mean the keyboard, the problem I see is the slider up with a big display makes it really uncomfortable to reach the top of the display without closing the keyboard. Dual edge screen really? The Galaxy s6 edge is a dual edge screen this is not. Not worth the extra 200 at all.

        • eanfoso

          Of course better camera, only Carl zeiss can compare to Schneider-Kreuznach optics, if you knew about photography you’d know how this alone is worth the extra 200 $. Of course you don’t know about encryption, you don’t even know about photography which is pretty basic. Encryption is blackberry’s specialty, heck after Edward snowden British officials couldn’t access people with blackberry servers. If a big uncomfortable display bothers YOU, then I’d suggest buying phones that are small enough for you. Yes dual edge, and how much is this Samsung you speak of? Almost 800$ before taxes? That’s what I thought, an unfair comparison, especially when the camera in the s6 edge is only 16 mega pixels versus a 21 mega pixel Schneider-Kreuznach optics. If your fanboyism doesn’t let you see beyond logic you’re going to have a very sad, sterile life.

        • dtam

          the optics sound legit but you never know if the entire package is good until you get actual photos; software plays a role.

        • eanfoso

          Considering that it’ll be marshmallow out of the box software is irrelevant.

        • dtam

          from all the places I read, it’s shipping with 5.1.1 lollipop

        • eanfoso

          That’s not bad is it?

        • dtam

          it’s neutral and I’m not sure it’s relevant actually. usually android manufacturers develop their own camera software/algorithms.

        • eanfoso

          Good, so then your first statement is irrelevant? Not picking a fight, just wondering at this point what your comment meant now.

        • dtam

          my first comment was even if the hardware is the balls, blackberry still needs to make sure they get the camera software right and that wouldn’t be confirmed until there’s actual photos.

        • eanfoso

          Honestly as long as it has a manual mode like my lumias I can take the best picture every time, and being that Schneider-Kreuznach specializes in lenses I’m 90% sure we’ll have a manual mode.

        • lomsha

          Nope. Phone that will be abandoned by bb in 6 months.

        • eanfoso

          Considering I have a blackberry z10 which is close to being 3 years old still getting updates I’m having trouble believing these things you spit.

        • Ordeith

          It runs Android. What security?

        • eanfoso

          Just posted you a link, waiting for it to be approved.

        • Ordeith

          I know Blackberry claims to have “super secret security” they illegally added to the Android source. But it’s Android. We all know such claims are just a distraction to fool the masses.

        • eanfoso

          Considering when Samsung went to blackberry to secure their crap Knox, afterwards it wasn’t even rootable. Just wait for the link to be approved, or go to blackberry’s official website, after playing with the website I found the link I sent you.

        • Ordeith

          No matter what they may claim, using Android is a mistake. I believe BlackBerry even included GMS on their Android phone, that comes with certain prerequisites for telemetry to Google that Blackberry can’t contractually work around . If it has GMS the phone is spying on you, end of story.

        • eanfoso

          I honestly won’t know about it, but I thank you for the tip and will get back to you.

        • eanfoso

          Just did my research and supposedly, because it’s an android fork, they got rid of all of the Google clutter and Spyware. Forks don’t require as much licensing or restrictions from Google.

        • Ordeith

          “PRIV comes with full access to Google Play”
          That’s straight from blackberry. Play means GMS. GMS means OHA. OHA means Google spyware.
          there are no if, ands, or buts about it.

        • eanfoso
  • Eddie

    Anyone knows if Tmobile will sell it?

  • eanfoso

    It’s still the truth. From those devices look them up on their manufacturers websites, you’ll see how the unlocked version is more expensive.

  • (J²)

    No it’s not. You’ve proved my point, you can only find a few examples. My point was this was not always the case.

    Okay, lets be clear… The lease program and installment programs are based on the the full retail value of the phone.

    It does not matter how the discounts are applied! If the carrier wishes to reward you in Trident Layers… COOL!

    6 months prior to this, the iPhones were slashed across the board via T-Mobile promotions. They’ve done this plenty of times in the past as well.

    There are some examples of that want more than their product is worth but again, I agree with you but that is NOT always the case. It’s not a “premium” cost, it’s companies like Blackberry, Sony and etc. with a failing out of touch business model that struggle to sell units and ultimately have to charge the off.

    Heck, before Sony closed its US online store EVERYTHING was sold at a “premium” or shall we say… Everything failed to sell… lol

    Some manufactures have started selling their devices exclusively through carriers and retailers, so there isn’t a price to be compared. Even if I were to take your wild theory and run with it, you’d find that the opposite is true. Unlocked phones can be found for less than full retail price. Again, the point is… IT VARIES…

    I’m not sure why you feel the need to disagree.

    • eanfoso

      Please, do enlighten me how I proved your point, especially when I just said you can see for yourself how phones on t-mobile are cheaper than their unlocked counterparts.

      • (J²)

        If you aren’t understanding by now, then there’s nothing I can do.

        • eanfoso

          You can prove me wrong.

        • (J²)

          Or you can back up the post that you made.

          Honestly, I don’t care anymore. You can believe what you want, a day has passed already.

          You can prove yourself wrong. Simply go look up what I’ve stated. Instead of trying to find things to support your own point of view, take time to review the opposition and the argument as a whole.

          I simply stated that what you said is true but its not always the case. As I’ve mentioned. If you’ve actually researched it, you would know no one should have to post links for you to do research…

        • eanfoso

          You cared enough to reply me back, and you just as easily can prove yourself right instead of relying in possibilities you say are no longer the case.

  • GersonT1000

    I’ll just wait until it goes down at least a hundred dollars. But, that’s what I do with any phone. No sense in paying $700 for an Android phone when you can wait a couple of months and save at least $100. But the good news for Blackberry is, at least I’m interested in the phone, as I’m sure is the case with many others who will get it later on when some nice offers come around.

  • cloud strife

    AMOLED is a turn-off for me (burn-in issue). Too bad I was checking out this and the V10. I guess I’ll go with LG.

  • Marto Manov

    I’m sold on this phone, Does anyone know if it will support Band 12, VoLTE and wifi calling on T-Mobile?

  • purenupe1

    Blackberry still hasn’t learned to price its phones to sell. $700 is absurd for a company looking to regain market share, especially with a brand long considered bland, and a handset released with average specs. The physical keyboard is something they want us to re-embrace, not something the market has been clamoring for. Besides that…they dont have strong carrier support or distribution for the phones.

  • Taylor Howard

    Unfortunately T-Mobile will not be caring BB Priv announced by BB Ceo. But you will be able to by directly from BB and get it serviced through T-Mobile. Really sucks been with them 10years plus, but will be saying good bye and switching to AT&T they are the only ones who have Confirmed to be carriers. Very bad move T-mobile.

    • Stephen

      I’ll wait and see what happens. In some of the earlier videos of the priv, you could see some of the T-mobile stock apps. I’m still hoping that they’ll be getting in soon so I can use my jump upgrade.