BlackBerry has pulled the US pre-order page from its online store, suggesting someone pushed the ‘go’ button a little too soon.
After launching a pre-registration page for its Android slider and subsequently starting UK pre-orders, BlackBerry today has started accepting pre-orders for the Priv in the United States. First noted by Droid-Life, the pre-orders will begin shipping on November 16th, 10 days later than pre-orders in the UK will ship.
BlackBerry has employed an odd promotional approach for the phone thus far, teasing it early this year, hiding it away for months, and then staying pretty mum on official details after the recent official announcement. But a leaked preorder page doesn’t lie (we hope), and Droid-Life caught a glimpse before it was pulled offline.
According to its report, the BlackBerry Priv is slated to ship in the United States on 16 November, with the device priced at a robust US$749 (almost £490). That’s for an unlocked device that will only work on AT&T and T-Mobile in the States. Pre-orders were being taken until the page was taken down, likely because it had popped online sooner than planned.
Let’s talk price later. For now let’s look at the specs that have been spilled by BlackBerry’s blooper. Gather all the hardware into one, the BlackBerry Priv is poised to be quite a 2015 flagship when viewed from some angles:
• Operating System: Android 5.1.1
• CPU: hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
• RAM: 3 GB
• Storage: 32 GB, expandable
• Display: 5.4-inch QHD
• Main Camera: 18 megapixels with OIS
• Secondary Camera: 2 megapixels
• Battery: 3,410 mAh with Quick Charge 2.0
Much of these we’ve already seen before, so it’s reassuring to see confirmation for the QHD display and the large 3,410 mAh battery. The Snapdragon 808 might be debatable, but LG will tell you it does the job well without the fuss. We are also seeing confirmation for the main camera, which is the 18 megapixel shooter originally spotted and tested, and not the 20 megapixel Sony IMX230 sensor that some might have wished for. Does that mean it also has the same low-light short comings early hands-on attested to? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Luckily, the listing was able to confirm all the specs. The slider phone has a 5.4in Quad HD (2560×1440) display that curves along the right and left edges, along with a QWERTY keyboard beneath. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, with microSD support up to 2TB.
You’ll also find an 18-megapixel back camera with optical image stabilisation, a 2MP front camera, and a 3,410mAh Quick Charge 2.0 battery pack. Oh, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, of course, albeit with BlackBerry’s own tweaks and added security software package.
Will embracing Android reverse BlackBerry’s sinking fortunes, or is this ultimate merger of very different smartphone experiences likely to confuse potential buyers? We may find out in just a few short weeks if that preorder info proves correct, although we don’t have a strong clue on UK availability just yet.
As mentioned, the BlackBerry Priv is scheduled to start shipping November 16, a good week later than the date noted by UK retailers.
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