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This article was published on September 25, 2015

BlackBerry finally confirms its ‘Priv’ Android flagship slider handset is coming this year

BlackBerry finally confirms its ‘Priv’ Android flagship slider handset is coming this year
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The much leaked Android device that BlackBerry has been cooking up has finally been confirmed by the Canadian company during its Q2 financial results.

While it doesn’t go into detail about the confirmed specs of the device, BlackBerry did confirm the ‘Priv’ name (it was previously leaked under the name ‘Venice’) and said it will be available “late in the calendar year in major markets in-store and online.”

Playing to the company’s existing strengths (and customer base), the Priv will also apparently offer ‘best in class’ security and support Android for Work on BES12.

Whether or not the market will respond to BlackBerry’s belated launch of an Android handset – something many people thought it should have done about five years ago – remains to be seen, but if the Priv arrives looking like its leaked images (which it probably will), then it’ll certainly stand out from the sea of other Android slabs on offer.

How many can you think of with a physical keyboard in a sliding form factor?

Featured image credit: Evan Blass (EVleaks)/Twitter

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