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BlackBerry shows off the Hub and more in its own Priv hands on video

BlackBerry has released its own official video showing off the Priv. In the video we get a good look at the Hub, flick keyboard and much more. Not long ago Carphone Warehouse published a hands on with the Priv, but the latest look comes directly from BlackBerry itself. In the video description, BlackBerry describes the Priv as:

PRIV has the authentic BlackBerry keyboard, legendary security, streamlined communications and productivity, combined with the wide world of Google Play store apps. It has been engineered with the world's finest technology, and packaged in an ultra-thin, ergonomically perfect device with a keyboard hidden by SmartSlide technology.

The video was sent out to those who registered to receive additional information about the Priv, so if you haven't already done that you can do so now.

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61 Comments
  • Can't wait to get my hands on one of these for myself..
  • You guys need to make a decision on where you are going to run article for this phone. "a fanboy, DAT that sh...I don't like"
  • I see no reason it can't be on both sites. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They can put on one site - AC most likely. And then slide it to the other site. Posted via the Android Central App v2.01
  • Why not both? Can't we all just get along? :)
  • Huh, and here I thought that Priv was running Android. First time for BB. Ever.
    Silly me expecting to see an Android device on an Android forum.
    Oh, wait. Never mind.
  • But it is a BlackBerry device and should also be on the BlackBerry site. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Shut up! Is there a Samsung only it LG only site? The Priv is an Android device therefore it's okay for it to be discussed here on an ANDROID WEBSITE. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Let there be peace. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I didn't say it wasn't. I said both. It is an android device, made by blackberry, it should be on the Android site and the blackberry site. I'm not sure where LG and Samsung are relevant to this at all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The decision has been made for a while now. Both Android Central and CrackBerry will cover the Priv. Our newsroom will cover "newsy" stuff across sites as they always do. When it comes to editorial, reviews and help/app/OS content, on CrackBerry it will be treated with full out "hero device" coverage as they do for every new BlackBerry device, with Bla1ze leading the charge there. On Android Central it will be members of the core Android Central team who lead the reviews and complimentary content charge here. So both sites will cover it, but won't just be the same content posted twice. CrackBerry will have more of that focus on BlackBerry users who are moving into Android on the Priv.
  • Thank you, that's is what I am saying. Same article twice. "a fanboy, DAT that sh...I don't like"
  • Cool. Yeah, so far basic newsroom stuff it will appear on both sites (same way we do carrier posts for example), but other things will be originally done for each community.
  • I don't understand why they are still trying to revive the physical keyboard. Is not like millions of people are demanding it. Posted via the Android Central App on Moto X 2014/Moto G3/Moto G1/Lenovo Tab S8/ Lenovo Yoga 11 on $35 Cricket wireless plan.
  • Millions are and I'm one of them! It is more than just a keyboard its a trackpad with sensors built in. And why they hell would you want BlackBerry to do just like everyone else? How about being a little different and how about choice? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep it's awesome on so many levels..... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well said Posted via the Android Central App
  • Great comment! Even if doesn't end up being successful, I think the Priv is a great move BlackBerry. They're now offering something unique among the Android pack which is hard to do these days. im guessing the Priv is gonna be a big hit with business users
  • Too me, the Blackberry keyboard makes sense on Android. It is something that no one else is doing on the platform. Similar to the Note bringing back a stylus. Most people called them crazy for doing that a few years ago, and now the Note line has a niche of dedicated users.
  • It's a BB thang!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • This phone is sick!!!! Did you see you can do the flick up on the hardware keys for predictive text? The touch sensors built into the hardware keyboard is totally nuts! I can't wait!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Haha, it IS cool. That's a BB10 feature :-) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thank you so much Blackberry team. I was waiting this app. It is really great user friendly and smooth.
  • Holy shit. The Hub and Android. And a capacitive physical keyboard. This is it.
  • I'd love to try another BlackBerry. Especially now that's its running Android. That keyboard looks great! Posted via the Moto X(PE)
  • If the keyboard slid out in landscape they would have me but portrait not so much. It looked really awkward to reach up from the open keyboard to select something on the touch screen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hold a 5.4 inch phone sideways and see how comfortable it is to type on... Unless you have quite big hands, it's not too comfortable Posted via the Android Central App
  • This! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I turn my note 5 into landscape to use the keyboard (two handed) all the time with no issues and I have medium / average sized hands. (Actually just sent this that way.) Really just comes down to personal taste in the end, I think a physical keyboard just works better in landscape. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What, no more CEO demos?
  • Ha! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lool hopefully not! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'd buy one that didn't have the physical keyboard. I've gotten so used to an on screen keyboard that I don't think I could ever go back.
    BlackBerry waited too long to go full android.
    Hope this brings them back. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It will still have the software keyboard right? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It will, yes. Posted via the Android Central App from my LG G4
  • It's thinner than the note too so there's that. Just keep it shut? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just use the on screen keyboard you dumb ass. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just don't use the physical keyboard. It also might come in handy for lengthy texts or emails and you may find yourself using it from time to time. I am not going to use it all of the time, but it is nice to know that it is available should I want to use it
  • Welcome to Android...RIM :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • :) they haven't been 'RIM' in over three years. Their official company name is BlackBerry Posted via the Android Central App
  • I second that!
  • Gimme gimme gimme!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ah, I just remembered, their CS operates the same way as Apple, u gotta pay to speak to anyone. I had tons of problems with the curve and when Tmo couldn't help me I had to deal with BB CS and it was miserable. It's an FYI for anyone out there that's not aware, hopefully it never comes to that for anyone getting this Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is not an accurate statement, I have called the cs team many times without paying a dime. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've also dealt with their customer service directly without paying. It was an issue that could've been a carrier issue or a device issue so Verizon just transferred me to BB once they tried some stuff on their end. It was annoying to need to do it, but there was no paywall or anything.
  • I hope that this phone sells really well. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wish this phone sells well than I know it will.Best of luck to BB
  • BB is really grasping at straws with this! They should've run Android years ago. By now, we've all learned how to type very efficiently with the onscreen keyboards.
    I was a BB loyalist and had used BBs since 2006 so I'm not talking smack just to bash them. I was a hard core BB user and even went with the Z10 so I do like their software especially the Hub. But it's just too darn late in the game. Just license some of the BB software like the Hub for use on iOS and Android and stay in the enterprise service arena. Posted from my Galaxy Note 5
  • Hardware accounts for almost 45% of BlackBerry revenue. By shutting it down BlackBerry will become an even smaller company and almost kill it off. BlackBerry is latching onto Android with its security and privacy suite thrown in so that it gets into the secure market. It is already in the very secure market with its BlackBerry 10 devices. This move not only helps Google secure it's OS but also get more traction in the remaining sectors where it cannot penetrate. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why do you guys parrot the secure Android line. "a fanboy, DAT that sh...I don't like"
  • Happy BlackBerry decided to do this. It looks nice. Posted via Android Central App
  • Wow. This is nice! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Best of both worlds. Definitely going to be my next device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Like the nice British music that plays along. The name still is ridiculously corny (if Priv is for Privacy might as well go with the Blackberry Private haha) but let's see how it'll sell Posted via the Android Central App From my Blackberry Priv where I am out of toilet paper
  • I'm Mr. Xcitement over here. And I might be a giant. Thumbs up for silly musical references.
  • I know my boss and I are planning to get one, as well as one of my colleagues. I just wish I could pre order one here in the U.S. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nice phone but still not interested in a Pkb or a BlackBerry.
  • I will probably get this phone. I have bought only BlackBerry smartphones after my last feature phone 7 years ago. BlackBerry phones feel great in the hands. I have an iPhone 6 for work because the boss is an Apple fanatic. It is too thin and light and slippery. I hope BlackBerry keeps some heft to the device as I much prefer something I can feel in my hands. This will be my first foray into Android though and can't see the experience being nearly as good as the gesture laden BB10 OS(although I don't think anything could be as bad as iOS). The hub, while greatly appreciated here, is quite constricted it seems as an app. Rightfully so I suppose but sad nonetheless. I will give it a go though because of my interest in Android OS and hope I can cope with the reduced efficiency in OS navigation and full hub integration. Good luck BlackBerry. Posted via Android Central App
  • Does it also have an on screen keyboard? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Indeed it does Posted via Android Central App
  • I want it....so bad... Posted via the Android Central App