While the Android world this week has been all about Google’s new Nexus devices, BlackBerry generated some buzz on Tuesday by releasing the first official photos of the BlackBerry Priv, its first-ever Android phone that will release later this year. The photo above gives us a clear shot of the device’s slide-out physical keyboard to go along with a curved touch display that’s somewhat reminiscent of the Galaxy S6 edge.
Here’s another photo that shows the Priv from the side. All told, it looks like a very slender device despite being having a traditional slider form factor:
In making its announcement about the device last week, BlackBerry confirmed that the Priv “will run on the Android operating system, bringing together the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform.” The device is expected to be released “late” in 2015 and will be available in carrier stores and online.
As far as specs go, we expect the device will include a 5.4-inch quad HD display, an 18-megapixel camera, a hexa-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM.
BlackBerry is promising to give us info about the Priv, including more photos, videos and full specs, in the coming weeks.