AT&T USA has turned into the first U.S. carrier to launch the new Android-powered BlackBerry Priv. The cell phone will go on sale Nov. 6 and is estimated at $249.99 when marking another 2-year contract or $699 the maximum.
At the point when a lot of gossip started circling that BlackBerry was intending to release its first smartphone powered by Android, it was the fantastic “If you can’t beat them, go ahead and join them” mythology in play. The company has been struggling to draw in new customers to handsets running its homegrown BB10 OS, so in what could be the former smartphone ruler’s swan song, it is wagering its future on a QWERTY-equipped Android 5.1 Lollipop smartphone called the BlackBerry Priv.
Since BlackBerry is currently an official Android licensee, it has stacked the Priv up with the kind of specs and features found in leader Android smartphone from well-known companies like Samsung, LG, HTC, and Motorola. The Priv comes with a Quad HD curved-edged feature like the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge +. The handset is powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 808 processor, Adreno 418 GPU (graphics processing unit), and 3 GB of RAM.
The BlackBerry Priv also features a 18-megapixel double glimmer Schneider-Kreuznach certified camera, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD extension, space that holds up to 2 TB MicroSD cards, and huge 3,410 mAh battery that will give up to 22.5 hours of continuous usage.
Other than checking off the majority of the vital specs you’d hope to find in a flagship Android smartphones, this is still a BlackBerry, and the company has added its famous QWERTY keyboard to the mix, which slides out when a user prefers typing on a physical keyword instead of using the onscreen keyboard.
The BlackBerry Priv is anticipated to be released by all the four major phone carriers in the U.S., and AT&T has declared that it will be the first to offer BlackBerry’s Android Smartphone to its users.
“You can finally have everything you loved about BlackBerry with the capabilities of the Android OS. This smartphone is a powerhouse with sleek design, seamless productivity, and advanced security features on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,” announced Jeff Bradley, senior VP, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility.
AT&T will start selling the BlackBerry Priv in its retail locations and online store on Friday, Nov. 6. The Smartphone will be estimated to cost $24.67 every month (30 months) on the next 24, $30.84 every month (24 months) on Next 18, $37 every month (20 months) on Next 12, $249.99 when signing up for another 2-year contract, or $699.99 the full price is due immediately.