BlackBerry has been long rumored to launch an Android smartphone soon and now, CEO John Chen has confirmed that the dsmartphone oes exists and it will be called ‘BlackBerry Priv’.
BlackBerry Priv is expected to become available sometime, later this year.
“Today, I am confirming our plans to launch Priv, an Android device named after BlackBerry’s heritage and core mission of protecting our customers’ privacy. Priv combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform, Chen said.
He further added that Priv could be one of the many handsets that would provide BlackBerry with “modest sequential revenue growth,” in the coming quarters of the financial year. While Priv is a flagship slider smartphone, the company isn’t abandoning its BlackBerry 10 OS. It will be updated to version 10.3.3 around March, next year.
It is expected to flaunt a 5.4-inch QHD display, and will be powered by a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone is also expected to sport an 18-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5-megapixel front facing selfie unit.