The first carrier to offer the new Android BlackBerry phone in the United States is AT&T.
AT&T announced today to release the BlackBerry Priv Android phone on Friday, November 6. The Blackberry Priv sells for $249.99 on a 2-year contract with AT&T.
“You can finally have everything you loved about BlackBerry with the capabilities of Android OS. This smartphone is a powerhouse with sleek design, seamless productivity, and advanced security features on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility.
The BlackBerry Priv sports a 18MP camera, dual LED flash, 5.4-inch screen, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 1.8Ghz 6-core Snapdragon CPU, Android 5.1, 3410mhA battery and microSD slot. The Priv comes with DTEK by BlackBerry security system to that monitors apps to provide users with enhanced privacy. The key feature is the slide out hardware keyboard.
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The BlackBerry Priv is a huge deal for BlackBerry. For the first time the smartphone maker is offering a device that does not utilize Blackberry's own operating system. Only time will tell if the strategy will work out for the company to make a comeback in the smartphone market.