There’s a lot of interest surrounding the BlackBerry Priv, not only because it’s BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone, but also because it’s the first Android smartphone with a physical keyboard that we’ve seen in a long time. Unfortunately, BlackBerry hasn’t really given us much information on when we’ll be able to try the Priv, saying only that the device will launch later this year. The good news is that there have been plenty of images and videos of the Priv making their way online to keep us entertained.
The latest BlackBerry Priv hands-on video comes to us from UK retailer Carphone Warehouse. The company posted a minute-long video that gives us a walkthrough of the Priv’s hardware, complete with its dual curved edge display and vertical slider.
In addition to posting this video, Carphone Warehouse has put up a product page for the Priv so that interested consumers can pre-order BlackBerry’s next phone. What’s interesting is that Carphone Warehouse has also shared a full list of the Priv’s specs. So far, BlackBerry has been trickling out the Priv’s spec details, so this full list is a welcome sight.
According to Carphone Warehouse, the BlackBerry Priv will sport a 5.4-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display and 2-megapixel camera on its face as well as an 18-megapixel rear camera that’s Schneider Kreuznach-certified and has a dual LED flash. Inside of the Priv’s 9.4mm-thick body is a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD slot, and a 3410mAh battery. The Priv runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has said that his company is working with all major carriers to offer the Priv, which is good news for folks in carrier-centric markets (like the US) as well as BlackBerry, which has said that it could stop making hardware if the Priv doesn’t sell well. Now we just have to wait for the Priv to actually launch to see if the novelty of an Android-powered BlackBerry slider can translate into sales.