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BlackBerry PRIV is heading to South Africa next week

BlackBerry has today announced that the BlackBerry PRIV — it’s first Android smartphone — will be on sale in South Africa from next week, beginning 1 February.

The handset will be available through Cell C, MTN, and Vodacom. While pricing is yet unconfirmed, Orange Store South Africa is currently selling the device for R14 218. BlackBerry has noted that the price is carrier-dependent.

The BlackBerry PRIV will come with Android Lollipop, but also feature some of the company’s security software, including DTEK application monitoring, a verified boot sector to prevent OS tampering and full support for BlackBerry’s enterprise suite, including BES 12.

Other software like BlackBerry Messenger, Android for Work and the BlackBerry Hub message vault are also included.

On the hardware front, the phone will also arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 5.4-inch screen boasting 2560×1440 pixels.

There’s an 18MP camera at the rear, with a 2MP sensor up front, and perhaps the most interesting feature is the full QWERTY keypad that slides out from below the screen.

Does the phone appeal to you? Let us know by voting in the poll below.

Author Bio

Nur Bremmen: Staff Reporter
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  • said_what

    This phone appeal to me on the grounds of two things, beautiful screen and Blackberry promised frequent updates direct to the owner, i.o.w no carrier middle men. The Blackberry brand name still have a lot of drawing power in SA but South Africans is getting more budget conscious by the day and this device will succeed or fail according to its contract prices. Although I dont have much hope for this device to be offered in any but the top tier packages I do have hope for the other midrange devices Blackberry has planned. Again, to me, a manufacturer with a good software update policy is key in purchasing decision. Nexus and Motorolla has a good update cycle but not generally available in SA. One new entrant in SA market with a terrific update reputation is Xiaomi and you get the top of line Xioami Mi devices for R250 at Vodacom and MTN. These devices also have terrific screens and even affordable replaceable batteries. Can Blackberry provide us with a R250 a month device with all of these features? Can it compete with top tier Chinese brands? This remains to be seen.