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BlackBerry pushes back Priv shipping to November 30

Have you pre-ordered the BlackBerry Priv? If you have, you may be wondering why the device hasn’t arrived on your doorstep, since it was initially listed to ship on the 9th of November. Apparently, the high demand for the high-end Android-powered slider has forced the Canadian phone maker to push back the device’s shipping date to the 30th of November.

Will ship starting on the 30th of November

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BlackBerry UK now says that the buyers who pre-ordered the Priv will start getting their hands on the device starting on the 30th of November. The Priv was said to be the last device BlackBerry makes if it turns out to be a flop. We’re guessing, since the demand for the device turned out to be high, BlackBerry will continue to manufacture devices.

To recap, the BlackBerry Priv rocks a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). This works out to a pixel density of 540 ppi. Just like BlackBerry devices of old, a physical QWERTY keyboard slides out. A virtual keyboard is also available. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor (two cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.44 GHz, and an Adreno 418 GPU to handle graphics), coupled with 3 GB of RAM is found under the hood. The Priv features 32 GB of internal storage. It also comes with a microSD card slot for additional storage options. Its camera combo consists of an 18-megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation that can record 4K videos and a 2-megapixel front-facing for snapping selfies and video chat. Keeping the lights on is a colossal 3,410 mAh battery that offers 22.5 hours of battery life (mixed use).

The BlackBerry Priv comes with a new security feature called DTEK. DTEK is an early warning system that alerts you if your privacy has been compromised. Not only does the system monitor your smartphone, it also alerts you when you are at risk. Lastly, it offers suggestions on how to make your smartphone more secure.

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is now being pushed out by Google. This said, when will the Priv get the update? According to BlackBerry execs, the update will be rolled out to the smartphone “sometime in the new year,” but failed to mention the exact date.

The BlackBerry Priv (SIM free) is available from BlackBerry UK for £559.00 (VAT included).

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Official BlackBerry Priv promotional video goes live – reveals features

The BlackBerry Priv’s first TV ad recently was released, letting us know that our lives are found in our smartphones, which means we should choose devices that are more secure. Now the device’s promotional video has just went live, revealing its features.

Promotional video

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Here’s the promotional video:

At the very start of the 30-second video, BlackBerry reaffirms that the BlackBerry Priv comes with features exclusive to BlackBerry devices like Blackberry Hub. This feature allows users to find all of their messages, email, social media interactions, and so much more all in one place.

The Blackberry Priv features a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). This works out to a pixel density of 540 ppi, which is the best screen found on a Blackberry smartphone so far. Although it features a rather large screen, this doesn’t mean that you can only make use of the device’s virtual keyboard. It also comes with a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides out of the frame.

According to the video, the BlackBerry Priv comes with a “colossal” 3,410 mAh battery, which can offer 22.5 hours of battery life of mixed use.

The video also lets us know that the BlackBerry Priv features an 18-megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation. This camera can record 4K videos.

The last feature revealed by the video is DTEK – an early warning system that lets you know if your privacy has been compromised. DTEK monitor your smartphone and alerts you when you are at risk. It also gives you suggestions on how to make your smartphone more secure.

Here are the features and specs not mentioned in the video: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor (two cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.44 GHz, and an Adreno 418 GPU to handle graphics) under the hood, coupled with 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of memory, microSD support (as much as 2 TB). It runs Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box.

The BlackBerry Priv (SIM free) is available from BlackBerry UK for £559.00 (VAT included). It will start shipping out to peolple who pre-ordered the smartphone on the 9th of November.

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Check out the BlackBerry Priv’s “Productivity Edge” features

Interested parties in the UK can now pre-order the BlackBerry Priv, which will start shipping on the 9th of November. We’ve learned that the device’s edged screens are not there only for show, but actually function like the edged screens of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. We’ve learned from past reports that the screens can show things like the device’s battery life, but what other data can it show? Thanks to a simulator that momentarily went live, we now know what the edged screens can do.

Productivity Edge

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The screenshots of the simulator seen above comes from Telus, one of the major carriers in Canada. The BlackBerry Priv features an edged 5.4-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, and offers a number of features like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. The simulation reveals that the Productivity Edge shows things like notifications, messages, the calendar, and more. It can also show the battery’s status while charging. The Priv can be setup to show notifications either on the left or right side of the device.

The SIM free version of the BlackBerry Priv is available from BlackBerry UK for £559.00 (VAT included). It will start shipping out to individuals who pre-ordered the device on the 9th of November.

Other BlackBerry Priv specs include an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-flash camera, OIS, and is certified by Schneider-Kreuznach and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies and video chat. It comes with 32 GB of internal storage, but if this isn’t enough you can always make use of a microSD card (as much as 2 TB). Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor (two cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.44 GHz, and an Adreno 418 GPU to handle graphics), coupled with 3 GB of RAM. To keep the lights on, the listing reveals that the device will sport a 3,410 mAh battery that offers longer battery life. It runs Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box.

An early warning system called DTEK is on board the BlackBerry Priv, which warns users when their privacy has been compromised.

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BlackBerry UK now offers Priv for pre-order – ships starting on the 9th of November

Want to get your hands on the BlackBerry Priv? If so, we’ve got good news for you. You can now get the device directly from the source, as BlackBerry UK has now put the smartphone up for pre-order.

Pre-order now from BlackBerry UK

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If an Android-powered high-end slider made by BlackBerry is appealing to you, you can pre-order the SIM free version of the device from BlackBerry UK for £559.00 (VAT included). According to BlackBerry, the Priv will start shipping out to people who pre-ordered the smartphone on the 9th of November.

Since BlackBerry is yet to reveal all of the device’s features, you must be wondering if the curved screen on board the Priv serves a purpose. The good news is it does. According to a recent leak, the edges show information such as the battery indicator. We’re guessing it can show other information such as text messages, calls, or information from apps.

Specs-wise, the BlackBerry Priv sports a 5.4-inch dual-curved screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). A physical QWERTY keyboard slides out of the smartphone’s chassis. If you want to use an on-screen virtual keyboard, the Priv offers this as well. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor (two cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.44 GHz, and an Adreno 418 GPU to handle graphics), coupled with 3 GB of RAM. The Priv’s camera combo consists of an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-flash camera, OIS, and is certified by Schneider-Kreuznach and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies and video chat. The Priv comes with 32 GB of internal storage. If you’re looking for more storage options, it does come with  microSD support (as much as 2 TB). To keep the lights on for a very long time, the device offers a massive 3,410 mAh battery that offers longer battery life. It runs Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) out of the box.

BlackBerry previously explained  that the Priv was designed with privacy in mind. It comes with an early warning DTEK system that warns users when their privacy has been compromised.

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BlackBerry Priv pre-registration page confirms features

If you want to know when the BlackBerry Priv will be available for pre-order, you may want to pre-register your interest in the device here.

Pre-registration page goes live

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Note that a pre-registration is not the same as pre-ordering the device. A pre-registration page will not ask you for money to reserve the device. It simply allows people interested in the device to register for updates. Updates include  letting you know when the device will be available for pre-order via email. If you want to register, hit the link above and fill in the blanks.

A few features revealed

Not only does the pre-registration page allow you to register your interest in the BlackBerry Priv, it also reveals some of the smartphone’s features. According to the page, the smartphone will rock a Schneider-Kreuznach rear-facing camera. Past reports claim that it will be an 18-megapixel sensor with OIS, while a recent report claims that it will be a Sony IMX230 21-megapixel sensor. As for the battery, the page confirms that it will have a capacity of 3,410 mAh. It also says that the screen will measure 5.4 inches. As for its resolution, we’ve heard that it will offer a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). It also mentions that the Priv will sport a physical QWERTY keyboard that slides out of the chassis as well as an on-screen keyboard. It reveals that an early warning DTEK system will be on board, warning users when their privacy has been compromised.

As for other specs, past reports have revealed that the Priv will sport a 5-megapixel front-facing camera is expected to be on board, which will be ideal for snapping selfies and video chat. nUnder the hood will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor (four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.44 GHz, two Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 1.82 GHz, and an Adreno 418 GPU to handle graphics), coupled with 3 GB of RAM. It is expected to run Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with BlackBerry 10 slapped on top, working as a custom UI.

With the BlackBerry Priv’s pre-registration page now live, when will the device be launched? The Android-powered slider is expected to hit shelves sometime in November. As for pricing, this remains a mystery, but it could cost around £390.

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