BlackBerry has gone live with the pre-orders for the Android-based BlackBerry Priv smartphones for both the US and Canada in its company’s stores. Pricing for the US version is $699 and Canada’s price is $899. BlackBerry has also gone live with the UK pre-orders for the Priv for the price of £559. Shipments are scheduled to begin on November 6.
One interesting thing about the US pre-order listing is that the Priv is not compatible with Verizon, Sprint or US Cellular but that has always been the case through ShopBlackBerry so we’ll have to wait and see if CDMA carriers announce on their own. As we have reported previously, the Priv is the company’s first Android-based smartphone that features slightly rounded edges on both sides of the display, and a slide out QWERTY keyboard.
For those not familiar with the specs of the Priv, it features a 5.4-inch display, 18MP camera on the rear, 32GB of internal storage with the ability to expand it with a microSD card. Powering it through the day is a 3410mAh battery, which BlackBerry says will provide up to 22.5 hours of life per charge.
As the first-ever BlackBerry® smartphone powered by Android™, PRIV™ by BlackBerry® brings incredible new features to the platform and gives you full access to over one million applications: whether it’s Spotify, Uber or BBM®, you’ll find it on Google Play™ . Exclusive to the PRIV by BlackBerry are the apps that have long made BlackBerry the choice for serious communicators.
Take Control Of Your Privacy
In this world of interconnected apps and networks, controlling what is shared and with whom it’s shared with can be a challenge. DTEK™ by BlackBerry® for Android™ lets you know when your privacy could be at risk so you can take action to improve it. Know at a glance the overall security rating for your device, as well as for specific security features. Monitor and control application access to your microphone, camera, location and personal information. Take control and be confident knowing your personal data is being kept private.
Best Of Both Keyboards
The freedom to choose between a virtual keyboard or a physical keyboard comes standard with every PRIV™ by BlackBerry®. Snap the slider open to gain back screen space and reveal a full physical keyboard. Move your thumb across the touch sensitive keys for scrolling and fine cursor control as if it were a track pad. And, easily program the buttons to launch customizable shortcuts. PRIV gives you the keys to make life more productive, in a remarkably slim design.
Tough & Beautiful Screen
An immersive dual-curve display of the PRIV™ by BlackBerry® gives you the best visual experience with the security of rigorously drop-tested Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4. At a resolution of 2560×1440, it sports an incredible pixel density of 540 PPI – that’s 4x the amount of pixels of a standard HDTV. And because the display is OLED, it delivers richer colors and deeper black levels with less power consumption, so you can revel in its beauty for even longer.
Colossal Battery Life
Don’t be deceived by the sleek design of PRIV™ by BlackBerry®. It still packs a 3410 mAh battery with enough power for up to 22.5 hours of mixed use*. With the elegantly curved screen, you can see battery charge status even when your device is sleeping. Discover the confidence that comes with proven battery life and the freedom of being unplugged all day long.
Dazzling Photo Quality
The PRIV™ camera is engineered to deliver professional-looking photos by integrating technologies commonly found in professional DSLR cameras. The camera has 18 MP dual-flash camera and is certified by Schneider-Kreuznach®.
Color filters and exposure control settings can be applied as you take the picture. Phase Detection Auto Focus, OIS, and dual-color flash help to accurately and quickly focus the camera, capturing blur-free photos, even in low light.
Keep life organized with BlackBerry® Hub. This unified inbox is an irreplaceable tool for consolidating all of your messages in one place. Whether it’s social media*, email, SMS, calendar or phone calls.
BlackBerry® Calendar is the best out-of-box calendar experience on Android. When it’s time to join a call, PRIV presents you with a simple Join Now button that automatically dials you in. When receiving or creating meeting invites, you are presented with adjacent or conflicting appointments.