Verizon VP recently confirmed that the Android-powered Priv will be made available on Mar. 3. The wait is finally over as Verizon has started selling the BlackBerry Priv in the U.S. for a pricey $720, without a contract. The other way is to opt for $0 down, followed by $30-per-month plan spanning a period of 24 months.
Apart from Verizon, the Priv can also be purchased from the BlackBerry Store for $699. As far as the specifications go, this handset comes with a 5.4-inch AMOLED display, aided by 1,440 x 2,560 pixels QHD screen resolution and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 panel protection. This display combination translates to a killer pixel density of 540 ppi.
Design-wise, the BlackBerry Priv features a slider physical QWERTY keyboard and a stunning dual-curved-edge display, similar to the latest Galaxy S7 Edge. This device runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS, however, it is upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and backed by a solid 3 GB of RAM configuration. It comes equipped with 32 GB of built-in storage capacity and supports microSD card for further expansion of up to 2 TB.
A phenomenal Li-Ion 3,410 mAh non-removable battery unit powers the entire device. BlackBerry says this cell can provide up to 22.5 hours of talk/usage time and 17 days of stand-by time.
When it comes to camera specification, there is an 18-megapixel rear-facing, dual-flash Schneider-Kreuznach sensor, in addition to a modest 2-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfies. The main camera supports OIS and phase detection autofocus.
Speaking of color, this device is now available in standard Black. Interested buyers can order the BlackBerry Priv from Verizon’s official website.