While the fact that Carphone Warehouse will be selling Blackberry's first Android-powered Priv smartphone is no secret, CEO John Chen has finally confirmed the news via his post in Blackberry blog today.
While Carphone Warehouse will book your order by accepting either £579 for a SIM free device or a range of pay monthly options, you will be able to pre-order the Priv at Blackberry's online store by paying just £559 inclusive of VAT.
Priv will let you access Blackberry messenger, Blackberry Hub and BlackBerry Universal search options from the home screen. In short, you'll be using a premium Android phone secured by the latest Blackberry 10 Enterprise solutions. What's best is that BlackBerry's Enterprise Server is now compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
The phone will also feature a 5.4 inch dual curved screen, a Snapdragon 808 processor, a 3,410 mAh battery, physical and touch keyboards, 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage and an 18MP primary camera.
Blackberry Priv promises to be a winner at a steal
In his blog post, John Chen noted, "For nearly two years now, I’ve been telling you how we would transform the iconic BlackBerry brand into a true software powerhouse (read about some of the progress that I shared in our Q2 call today). We’re doing this by integrating our strength in building the most secure software and network and embedding it into a one-of-a-kind form factor."
Priv could be the last Blackberry phone, unless you buy it!
However, as it turns out, the Priv has so far found no takers from among the major network operators. Even though Carphone Warehouse will sell the phone for at least the next couple of months, you are unlikely to come across Pay Monthly offers from the likes of EE, Vodafone, Three and O2.
While Three and O2 have confirmed that they will not be stocking the Priv, EE and Vodafone are yet to confirm theirs final decisions. The fact that Blackberry managed just 8,00,000 unit sales in Q2 isn't very heartening news for potential partners for the Priv.
Earlier, CEO John Chen had hinted that Blackberry may quit the handsets business if Priv doesn't sell in large numbers. It seems his prediction may ultimately turn out to be true.
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