Somehow, BlackBerry decided that $699 was an excellent price for a high-end BlackBerry — scratch that, an Android-based BlackBerry smartphone. Yes, RIM has given in to another mobile platform, with delivers beginning November 6th.
Also, it’s the first top-tier Android smartphone with a keyboard made in (what might be) years.
Specs are as follows: a 1.8Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM, with a 3,410mAh battery, 32GB storage and a microSD card slot that’ll take up to 2TB, a 5.4-inch curved, plastic AMOLED display with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution (540 DPI, with stylus and glove compatibility) and NFC/LTE/Bluetooth — you get the idea.
Oh, right: the engineers did put a (reasonable?) camera in the Priv: an18-megapixel camera with f/2.2 lens, capable of recording 4K video at 30 frames per second.
The best part about all this? BlackBerry might have designed one the best phones the platform has — or made another flop, which could drag the company down with it.