Although the Blackberry Priv hasn’t yet been officially introduced, we already know how it looks like, and that it’s going to cost you a nice buck – around $900. While we’re still waiting for more details regarding the device, it seems that the smartphone is apparently coming to India, soon.
Zauba is a website that tracks the country’s imports and exports. According to recent reports, it seems that a total of 4 Priv units were imported to India on October 14th, with each of them being priced at INR 50,635. This would translate into a price of around $780, but before you assume that this means the device will cost cheaper for Indian users, let’s not forget that Zauba prices are usually much cheaper than the MRP since these usually don’t include taxes and other duties.
Furthermore, the fact that there are only a few units being imported suggests that this is done for network testing and/or certification purposes. The final price of the smartphone is definitely going to be priced above Rs. 50,000 but we’re wondering whether it will be at least somewhat cheaper than the current European price.
The BlackBerry Priv isn’t a cheap handset, and this will probably prompt customers to buy it along with a carrier plan. UK retailer Carphone Warehouse started taking pre-orders for the Priv, offering it for £49($75)/month on a regular two year contract. What’s curious is that recent leaks suggested the phone will carry a price tag of RMB 3,999 (around $630) in China. Could this mean BlackBerry is planning different prices for Asian customers or these are just import prices?
While we’re still waiting for the full specs list, we already know the Priv features a 5.4-inch display, hexa-core snapdragon 808 processor, a Schneider-Kreuznach certified 18MP rear camera, 3,410mAh battery and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. It also comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card). The device also sports a slide out keyboard, dual-curved screen and DTEK, a warning system app to enhance its privacy, hence its name.