BlackBerry is ‘overwhelmed by the outpouring of interest’ for the Priv, shows off new images

PRIV - official

BlackBerry has received a tremendous amount of attention for its newly announced Android-powered smartphone. The Priv, according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen, features a dual curved 5.5-inch display and a slider that reveals the physical QWERTY keyboard.

Today the company posted several images that showcase the right side of the smartphone. They’re not the most exciting photos, but they do allow you to clearly see the SmartSlide mechanism, as well as the overall thinness of the device. It also looks like BlackBerry has gone with their signature button layout: the volume up and down buttons look like they’re separated by a third button that could be used for waking the phone or activating the camera.


“Because it’s Powered By Android, PRIV will also deliver the largest choice in apps and the most secure experience possible to the widest audience. PRIV users will enjoy choice, innovation, security, privacy AND productivity. In other words, no compromises,” said BlackBerry’s Eric Lai.


Apart from the dual-curved display, the Priv is tipped to have a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and is expected to run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. BlackBerry has already teased an upcoming fall release date and notes on its blog that, “we’ll also soon post how you can register to receive the latest information about PRIV, including when and how to buy it.”

[source] BlackBerry [/source]