BlackBerry fans, rejoice. The company’s very first Android device, the Priv, could be making its way to Malaysia sooner than expected.
Before a device is officially launched in Malaysia, said device will usually be registered on SIRIM first. That’s exactly the case with the BlackBerry Priv, where it is registered under Brightstar Distribution with the model number “STV100-3 ( RHL211LW).”
As a flagship Android device that can potentially make or break BlackBerry, the company will need the Priv to be a success. Despite this being BlackBerry’s first-ever Android device, the Priv is priced at the same price point as other manufacturers’ flagship devices. While this is somewhat expected (the Priv is well-equipped, after all), it is up for some tough competition.
Hardware-wise, the Priv has a sharp 5.4-inch 2560 x 1440 dual-curved OLED display, a capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable with a microSD card up to 2TB), a 3,410mAh battery, and of course, LTE connectivity. Rounding out the Priv’s specifications are a physical QWERTY keyboard, an 18MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation, and a 2MP front-facing shooter.
The BlackBerry Priv retails at US$699 (about RM2,980) in the US. Hopefully, the Priv will be officially announced for the Malaysian market soon enough along with local pricing.