BlackBerry CEO John Chen demonstrated the Priv to BNN’s Amber Kanwar and seemed to be somewhat disoriented on how to use the Android device (see at the 30-second mark).
According to Chen, the BlackBerry Priv has a 5.5-inch dual-curved display — which he states “is the first curved of ours” — and the “latest specs” from Qualcomm, “cameras and all that good stuff.” In addition, the “claim to fame” of the slider that reveals the physical QWERTY capacitive touch keyboard. This is the same feature that is currently found on the Passport that enables you to use it as a trackpad.
During its quarterly earnings call Chen confirmed the company will not abandon the BlackBerry 10 operating system, but this foray into Google’s Android OS will blaze a new path, noting “this is really the best thing that we could do.”
“The Priv. Stands for privacy and privilege. Actually, privacy is what you get. Security is what we provide and privilege is what you end up,” said Chen.
Previous rumours have suggested the Priv, formally known as the Venice, will sport a 5.4-inch QHD LCD screen, Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 18-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The Priv will be available ‘late in the calendar year.’