today officially confirmed that it's getting ready to launch an Android-based
smartphone. Initially known as BlackBerry Venice, the new device
is now called BlackBerry
Priv (just as expected).
announcing BlackBerry's fiscal 2016 second quarter results, the company's CEO
John Chen confirmed the Priv name, also mentioning that the handset
"combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the
expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform."
Moreover, the Priv is built upon BlackBerry's mission of protecting users'
privacy - hence the new name.
BlackBerry's words, the Priv will be a "flagship slider device"
targeted not just a regular users, but also at enterprise customers, for which
it should be able to offer "best in class security." BlackBerry plans
to launch the Priv before the end of the year in major markets around the
world. More details about the handset will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
BlackBerry Priv will offer a large touchscreen display (possibly a 5.4-inch one
with 1440 x 2560 pixels), and a sliding QWERTY keyboard. Other rumored features
include an 18 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, Qualcomm's six-core
Snapdragon 808 processor, and 3 GB of RAM.