Thursday, November 5, 2015

BlackBerry Priv - First Android Smartphone from BlackBerry; Specs, Features, Price and Pics!

Just a couple of weeks ago, we saw so many picture leaks, specs leaks and rumours about the first pure & original Android Smartphone from BlackBerry, that is the BlackBerry Priv. There is no doubt that the phone is now a reality, I remember seeing how it was handled and reviewed by a Redditor, not only that, it even showed up officially on the BlackBerry online store some days ago when I opened the BlackBerry World. Now it's official, the BlackBerry Priv is the only BlackBerry phone that is running Android.

BlackBerry Priv - First Android Smartphone from BlackBerry

BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv

If you haven't seen a brief of this device. I'll like to tell you that the Phone's got a very nice design with a sliding QWERTY keypad on it, bringing back the old abandoned Sliding design on older Handsets. Also, Priv runs on a Snapdragon 808 SoC CPU with 3GB RAM, featuring a brilliant 5.4-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 at 540 DPI. The rear camera is really cool at 18MP (offering features like 4k video at 30 fps, OIS, and Phase Detect Auto Focus) while the front camera looks very small, just 2MP on a late 2015 high-end Smartphone. Can you imagine? Well, moving on to the battery, the BlackBerry Priv features a 3410mAh battery which is expected to last for 22.5 hours when used heavily.

The BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv - Powered by Android

To be very sure of what the BlackBerry Priv's got to offer, here is the full Specifications, features, review and price below.

BlackBerry Priv Official Pic

BlackBerry Priv - Powered by Android


Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 - USA (STV100-1), Europe (STV100-4)

4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 29(700), 30(2300) - USA (STV100-1)

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 7(2600), 8(900), 13(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700) - Europe (STV100-4)


Announced 2015, October
Status Coming Soon. Release: November 6, 2015


Dimensions 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm (5.79 x 3.04 x 0.37 in)
Weight 192 g (6.77 oz)


Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.4 inches (~71.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~540 ppi pixel density)
Multi-touch Yes, up to 10 fingers
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4, curved edge screen


OS Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808
CPU Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 418


Card Slot & Internal Yes, up to 200 GB ::: 32 GB


Primary 18 MP, Schneider-Kreuznach optics, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps
Secondary 2 MP, 720p


Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes


WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio No
USB microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort 4K)


Sensors Accelerometer, altimeter, gyro, ToF proximity, compass
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM
Browser HTML5
Java No

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mics
- Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
- Optional Wireless Charging (Qi/PMA-enabled)

- MP4/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FIAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer


Colour Black
Battery Li-Ion 3410 mAh battery

$700 off-contract | $250 for 2-year AT&T contract

BlackBerry Priv - 18MP Superb Camera

BlackBerry Priv - Dual Curved Edge

What do you think about the first Android Smartphone from BlackBerry? Do you think it's gonna make it in the Android World? And will you consider using it? We'd love to hear from you through the comment box. Sharing is caring, share this post with others and don't forget to subscribe to our FREE email updates to receive our upcoming posts directly into your mailbox. Cheers!


  1. Nice one but Blackberry finally bow to Android completely.....nice job with good market

    1. Android is just irresistible for BlackBerry... Everyone wants to manufacture an Android device, apart from Apple. *smiles*

  2. Does this mean the end of BB O.S? I really love the O.S 10, i'm not an android fan and to some extent i don't welcome this. But as a die-hard blackberry fan, i'll get a hand on this soon and then i'll really be able to comment.

    1. Hi Raphael,

      This is not the end of BB10. Manufacturing an Android OS BlackBerry doesn't disturb BlackBerry from manufacturing other BlackBerry OS Smartphones.

  3. One thing I know is that a getting the BlackBerry priv as soon as it hits the nigerian market. OS and android that's cool


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