BlackBerry began holding pre-orders currently for a initial Android smartphone, a slider handset called a Priv. The phone has a cost tab of $699 and will start shipping Nov. 6.
The smartphone has 5.4-in. display, is winding on both sides and slides out to yield a earthy keyboard. It also facilities a absolute 3,410 mAh battery, an 18-megapixel back camera, a 2-megapixel front camera and a MicroSD container to yield adult to 2TB of storage.
Priv gets it name from a difference privacy and privilege, according to a Sept. 25 blog post by BlackBerry CEO John Chen. “Your remoteness is your privilege,” Chen wrote. “What’s singular about a Android phone is that we are collaborating with Google to pierce a best of BlackBerry confidence and capability to a Android ecosystem.”
Chen also pronounced afterwards that BlackBerry hasn’t deserted a BlackBerry 10 smartphones, including a Passport and Classic. New updates are entrance in 2016.
“BlackBerry is a new company. We have new life. And we devise to continue to warn a business and a industry. [Priv] is only a latest pierce along that path,” Chen wrote.
His blog post was timed to coincide with a company’s latest quarterly earnings report, that showed a 33% burst in chartering revenue, even as altogether revenues forsaken to $490 million, down from $916 million a year earlier.
BlackBerry’s pre-order page includes a note that Priv is “not concordant on Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular,” that indicates it works essentially with networks that use GSM (Global System for Mobile) technology, such as ATT and T-Mobile.
The cost of $699, while during a high finish of top-of-the-line smartphones, is not as high as a likely cost of $749 reported by several news sites on Thursday. After reports with a $749 guess were posted, many commenters decried that cost as too high, even for an surprising new device. In Canada, a phone will sell for $899 Canadian and in a UK it will cost £559, including VAT.
At slightest initially, a Priv won’t have a latest recover of Android — Version 6.0 (Marshmallow); instead, it will run Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop).
Blackberry’s new phone has a Qualcomm 8992 processor with 64-bit, dual-core and quad-core capabilities. In further to a 2TB of outmost storage, it has 32GB of local flash.
Priv’s concentration on remoteness was summarized in an Oct. 20 blog post by Alex Manea, BlackBerry’s executive of security. Manea called a partnership between Google and BlackBerry “the many secure mobile height with a many stretchable focus ecosystem.”
The post adds that Priv “is a ideal smartphone for businesses and consumers looking for productivity, remoteness and security.”
Manea ticks off several remoteness and confidence facilities deployed in a Priv, including a ability for IT administrators to use Google Play for Work to conduct and muster craving apps. Among other things, admins can use that capability to safeguard that users can’t download apps to their work space from anywhere other than a association app list.
Priv also integrates Android for Work to apart work and personal data, and it comes with a new focus called Dtek, that tells that apps entrance a user’s personal information and rates a device’s altogether confidence turn formed on a strength of a user’s password, a encryption environment and what apps are installed. It also provides recommendations on improving altogether security.
BlackBerry also used a singular production routine to inject cryptographic keys into a Priv’s hardware. The new phone is also in correspondence with a U.S. government’s FIPS 140-2 standard, definition it has full hoop encryption incited on by default.
More information is accessible on BlackBerry’s website.