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  1. IndianTiwari's Avatar
    Any guesses as to what date this may be? In November?

    I want one!
    Going by the pattern of last product releases my guess for release of device is as below :
    Z10 was released on WEDNESDAY 30th January 2013
    Z30 was released on WEDNESDAY 18th September 2013 .
    Passport was released WEDNESDAY 24th September 2014
    PRIV will be released on any WEDNESDAY OF NOVEMBER 2015 .
    Wednesday connection is evident in all previous product releases !!
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    10-03-15 02:56 AM
  2. cbvinh's Avatar
    Somehow Apple picked the perfect month to release things and BlackBerry can't open an umbrella.
    June/July or September/October?
    10-03-15 03:55 AM
  3. Elephant_Canyon's Avatar
    February 10th
    10-03-15 10:45 AM
  4. DJM626's Avatar
    What always drives me nuts about Blackberry and all of their device launches has been the super vague dates. "Prior to end of the year" "first quarter of year" "launching this summer"

    In many cases the devices and services like BBM launched either late or on the very last day possible to "technically" be on time. Call me old fashion but launching a global product the very last day and in one or two countries isn't exactly a spot on launch.

    If I recall correctly BBM was suppose to launch in the summer of 2013. It was launched in September I believe. When I think of summer, I don't think of middle of September. I think June, July, August.

    Hopefully this Priv launch goes super strong. Would love for Blackberry to stick around the device business as long as possible.


    Posted via CB10
    Because with Blackberry, there are usually set backs! Even people at blackberry are probably aware of that themselves. Haven't you ever heard the expression "Anything that can go wrong will?" That phrase was coined with blackberry in mind
    curves2000 and JeepBB like this.
    10-03-15 11:22 AM
  5. JeepBB's Avatar
    The Priv will be released on:

    a) 12th of Never
    b) 1st December

    If BB release the Priv without a fully functioning Experience Suite, and running Lollipop rather than Marshmallow, they'll wish they'd gone for answer (a).

    The markets won't forgive another half-baked BlackBerry phone being inflicted on them... As Android buyers, they owe no loyalty to BB, they'll just buy one of the many, many alternative Android phones instead.

    Edit: I'll just add that if the Priv is priced at iPhone/Edge levels, it'll be DOA, and it won't matter when it's released.
    Last edited by JeepBB; 10-03-15 at 03:55 PM.
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    10-03-15 01:37 PM
  6. Prem WatsApp's Avatar
    That date is privy... lol :-D

      Ahoy, Privateers...! :-)  
    10-05-15 03:47 AM
  7. Prem WatsApp's Avatar
    Going by the pattern of last product releases my guess for release of device is as below :
    Z10 was released on WEDNESDAY 30th January 2013
    Z30 was released on WEDNESDAY 18th September 2013 .
    Passport was released WEDNESDAY 24th September 2014
    PRIV will be released on any WEDNESDAY OF NOVEMBER 2015 .
    Wednesday connection is evident in all previous product releases !!
    The Wednesday is strong in this one... :-)

      Ahoy, Privateers...! :-)  
    IndianTiwari likes this.
    10-05-15 03:49 AM
  8. zzbsb's Avatar
    I predict Nov 25th lol.
    10-05-15 09:07 AM
  9. asherN's Avatar
    It's BB, so I'll go with "Soon"
    10-05-15 10:36 AM
  10. Vampiro's Avatar
    The guy who "leaked" the last batch of photos on reddit, commented in the forums that it will be out by the end of the month (October)...
    10-10-15 04:27 AM
  11. H4zN's Avatar
    Dude it's already out! I've VPN'd to 2015 just to create a thread because we met and you told me about this thread and how there were no serious replies. The device was announced on October 28th but John Chen did the presentation in Kantonese for some reason and he dropped the device while swiping from the bottom to show peek and hub. He then shocked the world by showing an BB10 AND iOS version of it and said 'told you we'd go cross platform'. And now BlackBerry us back in everyone's face, just like they were then and Google was before they reconquered the market. You must think that I must be high or something but here it's 11:40am here in Amsterdam on saturday morning. I can't tell you the date because I have some time traveling enemies to fence off. Thank me later, I mean now. You catch my drift!

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    10-10-15 04:44 AM
  12. Grafic111's Avatar

    This article puts the release in the first half of 2016.

    Priv: Hands on with Blackberry's first Android phone
    11. Oktober 2015, 11:00
    Canadian pioneer opens up for Google's OS but stays true to its core customers

    There have been many hints and rumors along the way until insiders finally spilled the beans: Blackberry, the smartphone pioneer formerly known as RIM, is indeed building an Android-powered smartphone. Its called "Priv" and comes, of course, with a physical keyboard.

    The device is focussed on privacy protection hence the name but should also satisfy with powerful hardware. The WebStandard managed to get hold of a Priv to do a short hands-on.


    First things first: Keep in mind that this article does not cover a finalized product, but a preproduction unit. This means that all impressions given in this text should be taken with a pinch of salt. While the hardware can be considered mostly finalized, a lot can still change in terms of software, as the device is expected to launch in early 2016.

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler

    The Priv presents itself with a 5.4 inch curved display. The curves, however, are by far not as distinct as you see them on Samsung's Galaxy Edge devices. The panel runs a 2K resolution (2.560 x 1.440 px). The extremely high pixel density of 544 PPI matters in terms of VR, but during daily use its impossible to spot a difference to regular Full HD panels with the naked eye.

    The Android 5.1 system is powered by a Snapdragon 808, which you can also find in the LG G4. Its accompanied by 3 gig of RAM and 32 gig of onboard memory, 22 of which are free for use. There is also a microSD slot in case you need some additional space. The phone supports modern standards like LTE, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. The microUSB port, used for charging and data transfer, however only complies with the rather old USB 2.0 specification.

    There also is a 18 MP main camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach blend, that slightly protrudes from the otherwise flat backside. Part of the game is also a dual-tone flash module. The front camera delivers 5 MP.

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler
    For two-handed use

    With a 5.4 inch display the Blackberry Priv is already a pretty large devices and hardly suitable for one handed use. Since its "chin", despite the lack of physical navigation buttons, isn't too slim either, most interactions can only be done with two hands.

    The phone's backside seems to be made of a mixed material which includes kevlar. It feels very rubbery and far from premium, yet on the other hand you easily can keep a firm grip on the device.

    The keyboard is integrated via a slider mechanism on the lower side. It gives a very sturdy impression. The little gap between keyboard and the actual body, however, tends to accumulate dust and dirt.

    The display delivers vivid colors and good contrast and holds it ground against highly regarded devices like the LG G4. Blackberry is trying to make some use of the curves, for example by having them show the battery charge though this feature did not yet work.

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler
    On the left side of the body you can find the power button, which is a little hard to reach. On the right there are two buttons for changing the volume along with a smaller one in the middle, which for now only makes the notification area pop up, even when running the camera. We'll have to wait and see if Blackberry comes up with additional functions.

    Powerful, but with lags

    Running the Antutu (32 bits) allround benchmark shows the hardware's potencial. A score of around 46.000 places the Priv just in front of the HTC M8 and OnePlus One from 2014. Most of the time the phone reacts quickly on any input, but every now and then there are little stutterings or even noticeable lags. This is most likely caused by a lack of optimization, so there is a good chance that Blackberry will get this fixed by the time the Priv launches.

    The system UI resembles pure Android for most parts. The only noticeable change at first glance is an additional navigation button which brings up the selection menu for the onscreen keyboard. For now, there is no benefit to this, as the Priv recognizes whenever the hardware keyboard is in use.

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler

    The keyboard, however, has its ups and downs. Since the keys are arranged like little scales, its easy to distinguish them by touch. But Since they are pretty small and already trigger under light pressure, it might take a good while to get used to them and be more efficient than with an onscreen solution.

    The review unit was equipped with a QWERTY layout, which is used mostly in English speaking countries. Depending on the markets which Blackberry wants to cover, you can expect the company to produce variants with layouts for other regions.


    When setting up the priv you can import user data from iPhones, other Android devices as well as from Blackberry OS phones (version 5.0+). Blackberry has preinstalled some own apps, like the Blackberry messenger for secure communication. Part of the privacy promise is also an app called "safe guard", which basically analyzes your current security-relevant settings and provides a score.

    We also found a number of Google apps on the system, including Gmail, Chrome, Play Music and of course the Play Store. There are also alternative default apps by Blackberry, like a contact manager which coexists with the stock Android one. The onscreen keyboard was completely replaced with a new app, which sadly lacks features like Swipe input.

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler
    Kamera, Audio, Empfang

    The camera left a good, but not overwhelming, impression. Under daylight it performs as a fast snapper, providing pictures with good detail and realistic colors that seem to be a tad too dark. Once dealing with artificial light the shutter speed became noticeably slower, despite the optical image stabilization system. A phenomenon that caused visible impact in terms of picture quality.

    Audio quality during calls and music listening is decent. And so is signal strength in terms of GSM and Wi-Fi. As the hands-on lasted only a short time, we cannot provide reliable statements regarding the battery runtime. Even under heavy usage the battery meter dropped only from 100 to 85 during 2,5 hours with the display set to 75 percent brightness. Extrapolating this experience while considering a more average kind of usage, the Priv should be well able to provide power for 1 to 1,5 days per charge.

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler
    Preliminary conclusion

    Will Blackberry make a comeback as a relevant player on the smartphone market? Probably not. The company has failed to get a hold of the mass market with BB OS 10. And the Android-powered Priv is tailored to a specific market segment rather than meant to attract a broad audience.

    And this segment are business users who will profit from the keyboard and probably are already part of Blackberry's ecosystem. They can now access the services they're used to while having much more apps at their disposal in Google's Play Store.

    If Blackberry wishes to appeal to other consumers, the Priv will have to enter the market at a low price point. Which is something that, most likely, is not going to happen (Georg Pichler, October 11, 2015)

    Camera shots

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler
    Outdoor, daylight (Original)

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler
    Indoor, mostly daylight (Original)

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler
    Indoor, mostly daylight (Original)

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler
    Indoor, artificial light (Original)

    foto: derstandard.at/pichler
    Outdoor, daylight front camera (Original)


    German Version

    Blackberry Priv Hands-on

    Blackberry Classic | Circa 2015
    10-11-15 11:21 AM
  13. tryfe's Avatar
    2016? *facepalm*

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    10-11-15 11:29 AM
  14. NG888's Avatar
    The wait is getting boring.

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    10-11-15 11:36 AM
  15. mathking606's Avatar
    2016 for Europe probably. I agree I'm sick of waiting for this device just to get a release date and I'm seriously considering a 6S now

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    10-11-15 11:20 PM
  16. NG888's Avatar
    The more they delay the worse for BlackBerry, the iPhone 6S is being given away at nothing upfront for a 12 month agreement, just to move units. If ure not a BlackBerry fan, and they are trying to win you back, what are you going to get, the latest from apple, a phone not even released yet.

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    10-13-15 08:14 AM
  17. TheQuietRioter's Avatar
    Priv will begin dropping on November 6th.

    Remember, Remember the 6th of November.

    My really kickazz Z30
    10-21-15 12:51 AM
  18. Vampiro's Avatar
    2016 for Europe probably. I agree I'm sick of waiting for this device just to get a release date and I'm seriously considering a 6S now

    Posted via CB10
    you know UK is Europe....? so 6th of November confirmed shipping date at cpw ;-)

    i bet we will see an announcement in the imminent future
    10-21-15 02:24 AM
  19. BigRob673's Avatar
    They had to delay it, to perfect the Squircle!!!!
    10-21-15 02:45 AM
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