The highly anticipated BlackBerry Priv smartphone’s price may just have been outed by Leaksfly on Weibo and according to the story, it will cost 3999 Yuan ($630) or around Rs 41000. But if you’d rather not listen to hearsay, then you’ll have to wait until next year for the official details. As far as we know, there’s strong reason to believe that BlackBerry’s planning to ride back into our hearts on this Android-run device in the first half of 2016.
But other reports on the BlackBerry Priv beg to differ and paint the release date to fall sometime in November. The handset has already been seen in action before. So its build will come as no surprise. Not only does the phone sport a premium finish, it also retains one essential feature which is part of the Canadian brand’s identity. A physical QWERTY capacitive keypad has been incorporated into the design.
Of course, the most important aspect of the Priv is the OS on board. It’s the first ever BlackBerry smartphone to be powered by Android. The severely waning popularity of the company’s devices has been blamed on the lack of apps for its system as compared to Apple iOS or Google’s mobile OS, by none other than CEO John Chen. While this may be true, a lot of folks who’re not used to the BlackBerry software might find it far from intuitive.
For all you know, Android may be exactly what the BlackBerry Priv needs to sell, providing there’s decent hardware and a reasonable cost to accompany it. Phone Arena says the handset is expected to have a hexa core Snapdragon 808 processor, Adreno 418 graphics, a 5.4-inch 1440 x 2560p QHD display and 3GB of RAM. In terms of photography features, it could embed a 5MP front lens and an 18MP main camera with OIS and Schneider-Kreuznach optics.
Chen has confirmed that the BlackBerry Priv will be a high-end phone. He also mentioned something about customers being able to buy it on an installment plan.