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BlackBerry Priv price has been leaked – will cost a pretty penny

The rumour mill has put a price tag on the upcoming BlackBerry Priv handset, and this smartphone won't be cheap.

That likely won't come as a surprise though, given the noises that have already been made about this being a premium phone, and BlackBerry's chief executive John Chen has even previously said that the device will have a top-end price tag.

And according to GSM Arena, which spotted a post by Chinese leaker ‘Leaksfly’ on Weibo, the Priv will weigh in at 3,999 Chinese Yuan, which is around £410 or $630. Of course, the price in pounds is likely to be much closer to that dollar figure than a direct translation from Chinese currency.

The BlackBerry Priv (which stands for ‘privacy’ – and also, rather confusingly, for ‘privilege’ by all accounts) is expected to be released in 2016, and will run Android rather than BlackBerry OS in a move to attract more users.

We've already seen official pictures and it looks to be a very smart device, a slim slider phone which allows the user to slide the display up to reveal a full physical keyboard.

Essentially it's the last throw of the dice for BlackBerry smartphones. If this one doesn't work using Android as a springboard, it's hard to see how the company will push forward on the mobile front.

Darren Allan
Darren Allan

Darran has over 25 years of experience in digital and magazine publishing as a writer and editor. He's also an author, having co-written a novel published by Little, Brown (Hachette UK). He currently writes news, features and buying guides for TechRadar, and occasionally other Future websites such as T3 or Creative Bloq and he's a copy editor for TechRadar Pro. Darrran has written for a large number of tech and gaming websites/magazines in the past, including Web User and ComputerActive. He has also worked at IDG Media, having been the Editor of PC Games Solutions and the Deputy Editor of PC Home.