It seems BlackBerry have gone back to its roots, design wise, with their upcoming device, the BlackBerry Vienna. Renders of what looks to be BlackBerry’s second Android device have found their way on the Internet and they are interesting, to say the least.
The new BlackBerry PRIV appears to be heading to Malaysia very soon as it has received the green light from SIRIM with the model number STV100-3. Being a symbol of Privilege and Privacy, the PRIV aims to be the most secure device that runs on Android. On top of that, it offers the best of both worlds featuring a touch-enabled double curve display and a full QWERTY keyboard in a single package.
Button mashing was a thing of the past, at least for most smartphone users; don’t worry BlackBerry toting folks, we’ve got your backs and maybe soon people might give the qwerty loving brand a go again – thanks to the PRIV. The aforementioned device’s pre-order site went up and down and up again, with the price point getting a “discount” when it really went live. Perhaps one of the most anticipated launches in the brand’s history (you know, cause its an BlackBerry that runs on Android) will happen soon but a list of stock BB apps have been found on Google’s Play Store.
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UPDATE: Pre-order page emerges again. Initial price revised.
No glitz and no glamour for the BlackBerry PRIV or maybe someone accidentally let the cat out of the bag too early. We’re not too sure since the manufacturer made their pre-order site live for awhile before removing the page. Well at least we know 3 things; the price, when it’ll ship and its internals – whoops.
BlackBerry is betting big on its upcoming Android smart phone that’s called the PRIV. With user privacy being its key focus, the new slider device is dubbed the World’s first Blackberry secure smart phone powered by Android. With full access to Google Play Store apps, the Blackberry PRIV should be more appealing to the masses than its current BlackBerry 10 based smart phones.
To give a better idea of this BlackBerry + Android combo, the Waterloo company has just released its first PRIV video starring its very own Blackberry Hub.
Touting privacy as a selling point for years, BlackBerry’s brand might be dangerously hanging off a very small edge with their revenues continually sliding. When asked about the company’s prospects by the Verge during the recent Code Mobile conference, their CEO said that failing to reach 5 million units sold, the company might abandon the mobile business.
Once a brand identifies itself and sets habits, they’re often hard to get rid of. Especially so when John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry tried his hand at the demo-unit of the new BlackBerry Priv; the first Android running device from the manufacturer. Well it’s safe to say that Mr. Chen uses a BlackBerry (10) himself, seeing he tried to swipe up in the video you’ll see below.
After appearing in several leaks, BlackBerry’s first Android device with a slider keyboard now has a name. Codenamed internally as the “Venice”, serial leakster @evleaks has revealed BlackBerry Priv as the official commercial name.
It is no secret that BlackBerry is working on an Android device that comes with a slider keyboard. Dubbed as the BlackBerry Venice, this opens up a new opportunity for BlackBerry to tap into the Android segment where a built-in QWERTY keyboard is non-existent.
The folks at Android Authority were lucky enough to get their hands on the Venice, giving us better views of the device and some details of its new software experience.
With the new Passport Silver Edition out of the way, the next device to come out from BlackBerry would be their new Slider device. Dubbed as the “Venice” it offers a double edge display with a slide out QWERTY keyboard like its former Blackberry Torch.
Following @evleaks’s initial leak on the new slider, he has come back with another render, this time with its full QWERTY keyboard exposed. For the BlackBerry purist, you’ll appreciate that it retains the same 4 row keys instead of the Passport’s compact 3 row layout.