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BlackBerry's Android-powered smartphone will be released this year

BlackBerry confirms its Android-based 'Priv' smartphone will be released later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa from Sep 26, 2015 @ 2:31 CDT

BlackBerry has just confirmed it will be releasing an Android-powered smartphone this year, with company CEO John Chen saying that the 'Priv' smartphone being named after BlackBerry's heritage and core focus on privacy.


Priv will mould BlackBerry's strengths in productivity and security with the ocean of Android's mobile app ecosystem. The Priv will sport a physical slide-out keyboard, something that BlackBerry users should be used to. We can expect a 5.4-inch curved display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, and an 18-megapixel camera.

Even though the Priv is powered by Android, BlackBerry isn't running away from its BlackBerry 10 operating system. Chen added that BlackBerry plans to release platform security updates, with the next one dropping in March 2016.


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