BlackBerry Priv: Device set to release on Verizon, passes through FCC

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After many years, BlackBerry finally joined the fast-paced Android scene back in October of this year as they released their first ever smartphone running on an Android operating systemthe BlackBerry Priv Android. The device was initially released in the U.S. as an AT&T exclusive. However, it may soon be available for a wider range of users as a new variant of the device recently passed through the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

The new FCC listing for the device showed that the BlackBerry Priv Android smartphone will be coming to Verizon as well. The BlackBerry Priv Verizon variant is dated with a short-term confidentiality release date of Jan. 20, hinting on a very near release date.

To recall the specs of the device, the BlackBerry Priv Android runs under a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chip with hexa-core CPU and Adreno 418 GPU. It sports a 5.4-inch wide AMOLED capacitive curved edge touchscreen display with Quad HD resolution. It also has a sliding display that reveals a physical QWERTY keyboard, one of the trademarks of a BlackBerry device. It packs 3GB RAM, along with 32GB built-in internal storage. The device features support for external microSD expansion of up to 200GB.

As for the camera, the BlackBerry Priv features an 18-megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach optics main rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera with 720p HD recording capabilities. The device is powered by a 3,140mAh battery and boots on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 out of the box.

However, Android Central, BlackBerry’s President of Devices Ron Louks and Global Director of Device Portfolio Planning Gareth Hurn said that the Priv is set to get its update to the latest version of Android, the Android Marshmallow 6.0, “sometime in the new year.”