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Blackberry finally abandons the Priv

16 December 2017

"We want to reward your loyalty by committing to providing you with at least two full years of additional support for BB10 and at least two full years of BlackBerry network access for BBOS devices".

Accompanying this announcement is news that the Priv will no longer receive updates, considering that it's over 2 years old at this point.

We inject security keys during manufacturing to make sure that you have genuine hardware.

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According to the statement released on Blackberry's official blog by company's Vice President Alex Thurber, the company will stop sending out updates of any kind-rather ironical, considering Blackberry devices are supposed to be security juggernauts. Also BlackBerry will fulfill all warranty obligations for the handset, it says.

For those that are bummed about losing monthly security support for their PRIV, BlackBerry will soon be announcing a trade-up program that will presumably offer an incredible incentive for users to upgrade from their current and now unsupported devices.

Meanwhile, going by the same post, users of the Priv, BB10, and BBOS devices will be eligible for an upcoming trade-in program. People who are now using phones that are running BlackBerry OS 10 or earlier will enjoy a "significant discount and incentive" to upgrade to the recent BlackBerry KeyOne or Motion.

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2016 launched BlackBerry Priv has specifications of a premium flagship smartphone of 2017. The Priv has since received numerous price cuts. The BlackBerry Priv offers an all plastic unibody solution with a 2K OLED 5.4-inch touch display protected by 2.5D curved tempered glass on the top.

Finally, a great smartphone from BlackBerry has come to an end. A gentle slide out from the lower end of the screen pulled out the keyboard for all intends and purposes. This display is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa-core SoC, paired with 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM and 32 GB onboard flash storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot (up to 128 GB). It packs in a 3,410 mAh battery, which was claimed to give up to 22.5 hours of battery life.

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Blackberry finally abandons the Priv