Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Priv, BlackBerry’s first Android phone, goes on sale for $699

BlackBerry began taking pre-orders today for its first Android smartphone, a slider handset called the Priv. The phone has a price tag of $699 and will start shipping Nov. 6.

The smartphone has 5.4-in. display, is curved on both sides and slides out to provide a physical keyboard. It also features a powerful 3,410 mAh battery, an 18-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, and a MicroSD slot to provide up to 2TB of storage.

Priv gets it name from “privilege” and “privacy, ” according to a blog by BlackBerry CEO John Chen which was posted on Sept 25. “Your privacy is your privilege,” Chen wrote. “What’s unique about our Android phone is that we are collaborating with Google to bring the best of BlackBerry security and productivity to the Android ecosystem.”

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