Android-Based BlackBerry Priv Heads to Verizon
On Verizon, the Priv will set you back $30 per month for 24 months, or $720 if you want to pay it off all at once.
Been eyeing BlackBerry’s first Android-powered smartphone? Now you can get it from Verizon.
The nation’s top mobile carrier on Thursday started selling the BlackBerry Priv online. The handset, which is already available via AT&T and T-Mobile, is slated to arrive in Verizon stores next Thursday for those of you who want to fiddle around with it before making a commitment.
On Verizon, the Priv will set you back $30 per month for 24 months on an installment plan (with $0 down), or you can opt to pay for it all upfront if you have an extra $720 sitting around.
The Priv features a 5.4-inch, 2,560-by-1,440 AMOLED screen with curved edges and a large front-facing speaker below it. Push up on the slight lip at the bottom of the screen to reveal the four-row QWERTY keyboard.
The handset uses a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, has 32GB of internal memory (with support for up to 2TB microSD cards), and 3GB of RAM. It measures 5.8 by 3.0 by 0.4 inches closed, rising to 7.2 inches long when opened, and weighs a hefty 6.7 ounces. Other specs include a 3,410mAh battery and an 18-megapixel camera with dual-flash.
The Priv earned a “good” rating in PCMag’s review, nabbing props for its physical QWERTY keyboard, beautiful screen, good notifications, and excellent voice quality and battery life. On the down side, we weren’t thrilled with the expensive price tag, super-thick Android skin, and we noticed some camera focus issues.
For more, check out PCMag’s full review of the unlocked BlackBerry Priv.