Priv, the first Android-powered smartphone from BlackBerry, is finally available from Verizon, four months after making its debut in the U.S. Prices start at $30 per month over 24 months, making it one of the most expensive smartphones Verizon has to offer.
We already know what the Priv costs on other carriers, and how much BlackBerry charges off-contract, so its price tag on Verizon isn’t too surprising. However, it is more expensive than the iPhone 6s, the Galaxy Note 5, the Droid Turbo 2, and even the new Galaxy S7.
That surely won’t help BlackBerry sell more units, so we expect prices to come down well before the Priv reaches its first birthday. But if you don’t want to wait for that, you can order yours from Verizon now from $30 a month, or for $720 upfront.
For your money, you get a 5.43-inch curved Quad HD display, a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, a 3,410mAh non-removable battery, and an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Priv runs Android 5.0.1 Lollipop out of the box, but BlackBerry has promised that Marshmallow will be available during the first quarter of this year. The company’s Android software looks a lot like pure Android, but it has things like the BlackBerry Hub and DTEK security built-in.
Are you buying the Priv on Verizon?