BlackBerry is expected to launch its first smartphones running Google Android software, and up until now we’ve been calling one of those phones the BlackBerry Venice, because that’s its code-name. But thanks to Evan Blass, now we have a pretty good idea what it’ll be called when it hits stores:
The BlackBerry Priv.
Yeah, I know… it sounds a bit silly. But so did Apple iPad and Nintendo Wii. We got used to those names. And at least this one kind of makes sense, since BlackBerry emphasizes the privacy and security features of its phones — including its Android phones (which will include a suite of BlackBerry apps and services).
While Evan Blass doesn’t have a perfect track record with leaks, he does have a pretty good record, and the folks at N4BB say their sources have confirmed the BlackBerry Priv name.
The phone is expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, an 18MP camera, and a slide-out keyboard, making it one of the few flagship Android phones to sport a physical keyboard.
BlackBerry will likely officially introduce the phone before the end of the year. The company is also said to be working on an Android version of its BlackBerry Passport smartphone.