25 September 2015

BlackBerry Priv is the company’s first Android smartphone, CEO John Chen confirms

BlackBerry Venice

BlackBerry Venice, the Android-based slider smartphone has been subjected to plenty of leaks. Right from photos to hands-on videos, we’ve seen them all. Now, CEO John Chen has confirmed that BlackBerry is indeed planning on launching the smartphone and it will be called ‘BlackBerry Priv’.

Announced along with company’s financial results for the second quarter, the handset is expected to become available sometime, later this year.

“Today, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy. Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform, Chen said.

He further added that Priv could be one of the many handsets that would provide BlackBerry with “modest sequential revenue growth,” in the coming quarters of the financial year. While Priv is a flagship slider smartphone, the company isn’t abandoning its BlackBerry 10 OS. It will be updated to version 10.3.3 around March, next year.

From what we saw in the hands-on video, the BlackBerry Priv runs on stock Android Lollipop with some handy features in tow.

It is expected to flaunt a 5.4-inch QHD display, and will be powered by a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone is also expected to sport an 18-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5-megapixel front facing selfie unit.

As mentioned above, the smartphone also features a sliding QWERTY keypad. Just like the BlackBerry Passport, the QWERTY keyboard on the Venice also supports capacitive touch to scroll through the page. This feature can come handy while surfing the web.

Source: Blackberry, bgr

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