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BlackBerry Priv Android phone demoed by CEO John Chen

by Jacob Kleinman | September 28, 2015September 28, 2015 9:00 am PDT

Last week BlackBerry finally confirmed plans to launch the BlackBerry Priv, its first Android-powered smartphone. The company still hasn’t provided a release date or price, but that didn’t stop CEO John Chen from giving Canada’s Business News Network a hands-on look at the device and its slide-out keyboard.

The new video offers our best look yet at the BlackBerry Priv. Not only does it confirm the slider keyboard and an abundance of Google apps, it also reveals one more design detail. The device features pretty sharp curves on either side, though the display doesn’t actually wrap around to cover those bezels.

According to Chen, the BlackBerry Priv will feature plenty of powerful specs, including the “latest” Qualcomm chip, powerful cameras and “all that good stuff.” We’re also expecting a 5.4-inch Quad HD display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.

As for why BlackBerry is opting to make a Android phone in the first place, Chen admits that it comes down to the apps. He claims that people still love BlackBerry 10, but prefer the variety of applications available on other platforms. “If I could provide all the apps with BlackBerry 10 that would be a smashing success,” Chen said. “This is the best thing that we could do.”

You can watch the full video above and check out some screenshots below. BlackBerry is set to release the Priv later this year.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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