BlackBerry starting Priv pre-orders this Friday [Update]

Ian Hardy

October 21, 2015 5:32pm

During the company’s recently-released quarterly report, BlackBerry CEO John Chen stated that the Priv, the company’s upcoming Android device, will be available later this year, but didn’t reveal a specific release date.

And if recent advertisements for the device are an accurate indicator, the Priv will soon move from pre-registration to actual order status. The text in the advertisement (pictured below) shows that interested customers will be able to order the Priv starting this Friday.

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The confirmed specs of BlackBerry’s upcoming Android smartphone include a 5.4-inch display, 3,410 mAh battery, 18-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and a Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM.

While BlackBerry has not revealed unlocked Priv pricing yet, Rogers has confirmed to MobileSyrup that the smartphone will sell for $399.99 on a 2 year Share Everything plan, or $799.99 outright.

Update – October 22nd: BlackBerry’s COO Marty Beard has just confirmed on Twitter that pre-orders for the Priv will go live this Friday.

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(Thanks, Mark!)

  • HeyStupid

    Well, the iPhone 6s Plus starts at $$1029 so I guess $800 isn’t too bad. It looks like a pretty nice phone. As a current droid user having a secure platform for the masses sounds like a great plan.

    • J.S.Bach

      You’re an îdiot

  • Columbo

    In before J.S.Bach humps this thread to death with his itty bitty boner!

    • HeyStupid

      He’s a sad little old fella… sittin’ at home with nothin’ to do but yank it and troll.

    • J.S.Bach

      Hey îdiot

  • Max Fireman

    Blackberry but all the marbles in the hat for this phone and want flagship prices? I don’t know if that will work.

    • Nick Skibinsky

      It’s a flagship phone basically a high end Samsung. Not a midrange HTC so of course it’s going to be costly. Most people will get it from their carrier on a plan or like me sell their current device to finance a new purchase.

    • This now marks the 4th time Blackberry has changed a mobile OS in their smartphone lineup:
      C++ early greyscale BBOS,
      BBOS, java based
      BB10, qnx based
      and now Android OS based.

  • Omis

    Why do I keep reading it as the BlackBerry Perv?

  • Ronald Chow

    Looks at Venice , checks bank account (T∆T)

  • St. Misery

    BB can kiss their a*s goodbye if they think people will pay as much for the Priv on contract as they would a base iPhone 6s. The problem is perceived value. People throw their money at apple and their products, BlackBerry hasn’t had that level of consumer confidence since maybe 2008, before the Storm launched.

  • Jonah Emery

    Not interested.

  • Garrett Cooper

    $399 on a 2yr? Lol, that’ll drop to $199 a month after launch, just gouging those early adopters. BB always does that.

    • Ski Baron

      They all do it, you are just picking on BB.

  • jellmoo

    Oh man, I really want to be on board with it, but $800 just isn’t the right price point for this device (let alone $400 on a 2 year…wtf?). It’s not a *terrible* price, it’s just really unlikely to tempt anyone at that level. It’s coming in at $100 more than the G4, $50 more than the Lumia 950 and $150 more than the Z5 (let alone lower cost devices like the Nexus 5X, One A9, OnePlus 2, etc…).

    • ToniCipriani

      It’s likely priced at USD same as the G4 at $599. That launched in Canada for $699 a few months ago. Lumia 950 which is $549 is coming into Canada at $749, not $649. The Canadian dollar isn’t doing any favours at the moment.

    • jellmoo

      That’s what I said though. It’s coming out at $50 more than the Lumia 950.

  • Sam Wiggans

    Considering the Canadian dollar, that’s expected. On contract price makes no sense, though.

  • J.S.Bach

    This piece of shît is dead on arrival. $800? For a slider phone and more tactile keys??? LOL. Chen is off his rocker.