The new Blackberry Priv, the first device from the Waterloo-based company running on the Android operating system, just jumped in to the Android Marshmallow 6.0 hype, as their users were promised the update as soon as next year.
In a recent interview with Android Central, BlackBerry’s President of Devices Ron Louks, and Global Director of Device Portfolio Planning Gareth Hurn revealed that the new Priv Android smartphone is set to get its fix of the new Android Marshmallow 6.0 version “sometime in the new year”.
While the statement coming from them is not specific in any way, fans and users of the device at least know that they won’t be left out of the fast-paced Android OS scene.
To recall, the new BlackBerry Priv is now up for grabs. In the US, mobile carrier AT&T will be the first carrier to offer the Priv smartphone to their users. Canadian carrier Telus, on the other hand, has also started to offer the Priv to their users.
The main BlackBerry store is also offering the Priv via their UK, US, and Canada online stores. The device is priced at 559 for UK users, $699 for US users, and $899 for Canadian users.
One thing worth noting about the inter-region release is that the US version of the device will not be compatible with CDMA carriers like Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular.
To recall the specs, the BlackBerry Priv sports a 5.4-inch wide AMOLED capacitive curved edge touchscreen display with a Quad HD resolution. It features a sliding display that reveals a physical QWERTY keyboard, which is an iconic feature for a BlackBerry device. It runs under a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chip, and an hexa-core CPU with an Adreno 418 GPU. It packs 3 GB worth of RAM, along with 32 GB worth of built-in internal storage capacity. It supports microSD external expansion of up to 200 GB worth.
As for the main rear camera, it has an 18 megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach optics, and a 2 megapixels front facing camera.
The BlackBerry Priv is powered by a 3,140 mAh battery and boots on Android Lollipop 5.1.1 out of the box.