BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry has officially opened pre-orders for the BlackBerry Priv, just as expected. The Priv is the company's first Android-based smartphone that features slightly rounded edges on both sides of the display, and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. Pricing the Priv sits a little lower than previously shown, coming in at $699 and $899 for the US and Canada respectively. It will run £559.00 in the UK.

For those not familiar with the specs of the Priv, it features a 5.4-inch display, 18MP camera on the rear, 32GB of internal storage with the ability to expand it with a microSD card. Powering it through the day is a 3410mAh battery, which BlackBerry says will provide up to 22.5 hours of life per charge.

One interesting thing about the US pre-order listing is that the Priv is not compatible with Verizon, Sprint or US Cellular but that has always been the case through ShopBlackBerry so we'll have to wait and see if CDMA carriers announce on their own. You can place your order now, with anticipated shipping showing as mid-November currently.