Unfortunately, if the pre-order price that appeared briefly on BlackBerry.com yesterday holds true, then I won't be adding the Priv to my collection. The Priv appeared at a rather shocking $749 for the US market, with comptability on AT&T and T-Mobile.
Struggling HTC took the proper tact by announcing the HTC One A9 at a reasonable $399.99 in the US. While BlackBerry is likely to position the Priv to be an enterprise smartphone, $749 is still too high for businesses to purchase an untested Android smartphone.
With the pre-order page showing up on BlackBerry.com, we were able to get a full glimpse of the specifications so the following specs are confirmed:
So the rumors were mostly true, but the front-facing camera is 2 megapixel instead of 5 megapixel. It's nice to see Quick Charge 2.0 and wireless charging support, much like what I am experiencing on my Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is available for $700 and $780 for 32GB and 64GB models. The Apple iPhone 6s Plus is available for $749, $849, and $949 for 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models. Samsung and Apple can command the high prices due to success in the market place, but it's tough to make that argument for BlackBerry.
The Google Nexus 6P is available now for $499, $549, and $649 for 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB storage capacity models. In the past couple years BlackBerry launched its new high end smartphones at $649, but the price always quickly dropped. The BlackBerry Passport is currently priced at $499.
Do you think the BlackBerry Priv has a chance at $749? Should it launch just a bit higher than the Passport at $549? What price do you think is reasonable for the BlackBerry Priv?