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NEWS : Priv by BlackBerry Approved By SIRIM. Launch Soon?


Good news for Malaysians as the new Priv by BlackBerry has been approved by SIRIM carrying the model number STV100-3.

Priv by BlackBerry is all about Privilege and Privacy, and the most secure device that runs on Android. Rumors has it that it will landed in Malaysian shore sometimes in November however, no confirmation yet by BlackBerry and no price (RM) been disclosed yet although pre-orders have started in the US and in the UK at US$699 (about RM2,984) and 559 Pounds (about RM3,653) respectively.

BlackBerry Priv Review

BlackBerry brings something fresh and different to the Android world.


When I think about BlackBerry, I’m instantly reminded of how productive I am while using their devices. For me, it has always been a tool to get things done and while there are many people out there who enjoy that experience alone, there’s a growing number of folks who expect more from their smartphones. They want productivity, they want security, they want privacy, and they want all the fun stuff as well. Now with Priv, they can have their cake and eat it too, if they wish.

The quick take

For it being their first run at building an Android-powered smartphone, BlackBerry has delivered a compelling hardware and software package that caters to both the Android and BlackBerry experience. While it’s not going to be a device for everyone, everyone should consider it.

The good

  • Great battery life
  • Great sounding front facing speaker
  • Great physical and virtual keyboard
  • Mostly stock Android experience
  • Best camera BlackBerry has ever put out

The bad

  • BlackBerry Blend not ready
  • Launching with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Front-facing camera could have been better
  • Speaker grill gathers dust
  • Headphone jack placed at the bottom

Well, here we are. After many months of rumors and speculation, and an arguably somewhat quiet announcement, we have finally reached the point where it’s time to take a look at the Priv by BlackBerry. Unlike every BlackBerry smartphone released before it, the Priv strays from the path of using BlackBerry’s proprietary OS and instead comes loaded with Android, Lollipop 5.1.1 to be specific, and pairs it up with the best of BlackBerry security, privacy and productivity.

Priv stands out in a world of Android slabs, thanks to its fantastic physical keyboard, focus on security and privacy that BlackBerry has long been known for.

When the BlackBerry slider, or Venice as it was known early on, was presented briefly during Mobile World Congress 2015, the BlackBerry community lit up with excitement under the impression it was running BlackBerry 10. The rest of the world, though, looked, laughed a little and moved on. However, when it became known that the Priv would be released running Android, that interest level changed and those who dismissed the device were almost forced to take another look at it. Suddenly the device mattered because not only does it signal a change within BlackBerry and their operations, but the Priv stands out in a world of Android slabs, thanks to its fantastic physical keyboard and the focus on security and privacy that BlackBerry has long been known for. Plus, it brings empowering productivity features such as the BlackBerry Hub, Productivity Edge, Calendar peek, and more.

BlackBerry didn’t simply slap Android on their hardware and call it a day. No, the move to Android was a calculated one that took a lot of planning and ultimately had to be something special and something with enough differentiation to stand out. Will it pay off for BlackBerry in the long run? That remains to be seen. The potential is now there for BlackBerry to reach a new audience and expand their customer base.

I am sure with the Priv BlackBerry will be able to capture some of the Android market.


VIDEOS : PRIV by BlackBerry Full Overview and Specs From AT&T


Can’t get enough pics and videos of Priv by BlackBerry?

Have the first BlackBerry smartphone to run on Android with the PRIV by BlackBerry smartphone from AT&T.

Watch as we discuss features like the edge-to-edge curved display, BlackBerry Hub, Google Now and more. Visit for information on this device and more.

AT&T will be carrying the Priv, readily available by the 6th of November starting from only USD24.67 without any upfront payment! Check out their website for more info.

Celcom Axiata and BlackBerry launches BlackBerry Classic

Kuala Lumpur: Celcom Axiata Bhd has teamed up with BlackBerry to launch the latest smartphone, Blackberry Classic, under Celcom’s First Plan.

“The new phone with the package is retailed at RM1,588 and is available at all Celcom Blue Cube and Celcom Xclusive outlets beginning Wednesday.

“Currently, we have about 200,000 Celcom-Blackberry customers from two million post-paid customers and we hope to get more users,” said Celcom chief marketing officer, Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, at the launch of the phone here Wednesday.

Blackberry senior director Asia Pacific product management, Damian Tay, said the smartphone was targeted at productivity-driven business professionals who wanted a device with mobile tools without sacrificing style or portability.

“The new BlackBerry Classic features a large square touch screen and new QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard.

“The Classic is an upgrade from the BlackBerry Bold 9900 with 50 per cent longer battery life, three times faster browser, 60 per cent more screen space and a greater variety of BlackBerry World applications,” he said