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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 first official renders of the BlackBerry Priv

Not long ago, BlackBerry CEO John Chen revealed its plans of launching the BlackBerry Priv (formerly known as the BlackBerry Venice), its high-end Android-powered slider. Shortly after, a video showed Chen going hands-on on the device in an interview, but it seemed as if the CEO was having trouble working the Priv. Now, we can take a better look at the device, as the Canadian phone maker has posted the Priv’s first official renders on its official blog Inside BlackBerry.

Official renders

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When the BlackBerry Priv was yet to be announced, it generated a lot of interest among BlackBerry and Android fans alike. BlackBerry says that it will soon reveal when the device will be available in stores, and based on how the device has been received, we’re guessing the device will sell like hotcakes. We’re hoping the Priv gets the Canadian phone maker back in the green.

BlackBerry is yet to reveal what features the Priv has to offer or what we should expect under the hood. Fortunately, past leaks have the information you may be looking for. The Priv is rumoured to feature a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). From what we can see, it will feature a curved screen like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which past reports have revealed. Its camera combo is said to consist of an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation) and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, which will be ideal for snapping selfies and video chat. Under the hood is said to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor with an Adreno 418 GPU, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. This is the same processor on board the LG G4. It is expected to run Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with BlackBerry 10 slapped on top, working as a custom UI.

The Priv, according to BlackBerry, was designed with privacy in mind, which is the reason why it is called the Priv.

It still remains a mystery when BlackBerry is planning to launch the BlackBerry Priv slider, but serial leakster Evan Blass (popularly known as @evleaks on Twitter), in a past tweet, said that the device will be sold by all four major US carriers in November. We still don’t know when the device will be sold in the UK.

Want to know when the BlackBerry Priv will be available in the UK? Stay tuned here at Phones LTD for further announcements.

Android-powered BlackBerry Venice live photos surface once more – screams Android

In the past few months, we’ve been coming across a number of leaks that claim to spill the beans on the rumoured Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider. Now, newly leaked live photos puts a rest to any doubts that the device will indeed run Google’s operating system.

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AndroidAuthority is responsible for circulating the photos of the BlackBerry Venice’s live photos. Apart from showing us what we’ve already seen before, they also show us that the device will without a doubt run Google’s highly popular operating system in stock form with a few BlackBerry 10 features thrown into the mix. The Venice is shown in one of the photos booting up. It shows the Android bugdroid holding a shield. This represents BlackBerry making the OS more secure. A series of photos shows what BlackBerry has done to change Android. It shows that three options that include Google Now are offered with a swipe up. The two other options include allowing users to create a message or perform a local search.

Another photo shows the Recent Apps page. The “card” for each app is shown in various sizes. The size of the card depends on how often a user uses the app. Additionally, a photo showing the boot screen shows the BlackBerry logo close to the top. It is followed by the phrase “powered by Android.” A few photos also show that users will be allowed to do a few more things from the home screen. These include adding new events or meetings to the calendar and checking agendas for the day. Lastly, Venice owners will be able to compose emails, BBM messages, or send text messages from the home screen.

Specs-wise, the BlackBerry Venice (model number STV100-6) is expected to come with a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). It is said to be curved just like the Samsun g Galaxy S6 Edge. In the photography department, the device  is said to sport an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS and a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie-centric camera. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor with four ARM Cortex-A53, two ARM Cortex-A57 cores, and an Adreno 418 GPU, coupled with 3 GB of RAM is said to be under the hood.

So when will we get to see the BlackBerry Venice slider? Past reports claim that all four major carriers in the US will offer their customers the device in November. it is yet to be determined if the device will land in the UK.

Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

BlackBerry Venice hands-on photos leaked

BlackBerry is rumoured to be cooking up a new high-end slider. The difference between this new smartphone and everything else made by the Canadian phone maker is that it runs Android and not BlackBerry 10 OS. It is such a unique concept that it has intrigued both Android and BlackBerry fans alike. We’ve seen photos and videos that have leaked the device, but these photos and videos are rather blurry or are of low-quality. Fortunately, newly leaked hands-on photos of the said device are of high-quality, which means we can take a better look at the unannounced device.

BlackBerry Venice hands-on photos

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Vietnamese-speaking Techrum is the site responsible for this latest leak. It shows the BlackBerry Venice in a number of angles. One of the photos show where the SIM card slot and the microSD card slot will be located. Normally, smartphones’ SIM card slots and microSD card slots are located on their sides or inside the device next to the battery, but the Venice will have them atop the device.

When it comes to software, past reports claim that the BlackBerry Venice will run Android 5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box with BlackBerry OS 10 working as a skin (UI) slapped on top. They also claim that there will be two versions of the smartphone – one that runs Android and one that runs BlackBerry 10 OS.

When it comes to specs, we’ve learned that the BlackBerry Venice will sport an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that will make it perfect for snapping selfies. Under the hood will be a hexa-core (six cores) Snapdragon 808 CPU with an Adreno 418 GPU for graphics made by Qualcomm, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. Lastly, it is said to sport a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). Its screen is said to be curved on the edges, just like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Its slide houses a physical QWERTY keyboard, which reminds us of the Blackberry handsets of old.

So when is BlackBerry planning to launch the BlackBerry Venice slider? We’ve learned from past reports that the device will be launched in the US via all the four major carriers sometime in November. We still don’t know whether or not BlackBerry plans to release the Venice in the UK, but we’re guessing it will.

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