Blackberry Priv Pre-Registration Page Now Live

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When we heard in late May that Blackberry was working on a new Android slider phone, I was definitely a bit skeptical. I haven’t used a Blackberry in a long time, and probably for good reason. On the other hand, Blackberry’s security reputation in the business sector is so strong I definitely saw the potential for them to have success in Android. Now that the Priv (terrible name aside) has leaked everywhere and even officially acknowledged by Blackberry, I’m starting to warm up to the idea of this phone. Actually, I’m starting to really like the idea of this phone.

This morning Blackberry posted an official pre-registration page for the Priv to gauge interest for the upcoming smartphone. In addition to the pre-registration form, the site also gives a few new interesting specs for the Priv. The phone will feature a 5.4″ display with dual curved edges, very similar in style to Samsung’s 2015 edge phones. The battery is a very nice size at 3410 mAh, which should last an entire day of heavy use given the screen size. Blackberry also mentions that the camera will use a Schneider-Kreuznach lens, a bit of a departure from the typical lens and sensor manufacturers we see in high-end Android offerings. Overall, the camera is the one thing I’m not sold on, well almost the only thing…I’m still not sure about that slide-out physical keyboard. All things considered, I’ll probably pick one of these up because it is so different from the other Android flagships currently available.

What do you think of the Priv? Is the name the worst thing ever? Let me know in the comments and hit the link below to register your interest for the phone!

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"