BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry has gone live with the pre-orders for the Android-based BlackBerry Priv smartphones for both the US and Canada in its company's stores. Pricing for the US version is $699 and Canada's price is $899. Shipments are scheduled to begin on November 6.

One interesting thing about the US pre-order listing is that the Priv is not compatible with Verizon, Sprint or US Cellular but that has always been the case through ShopBlackBerry so we'll have to wait and see if CDMA carriers announce on their own. As we have reported previously, the Priv is the company's first Android-based smartphone that features slightly rounded edges on both sides of the display, and a slide out QWERTY keyboard.

For those not familiar with the specs of the Priv, it features a 5.4-inch display, 18MP camera on the rear, 32GB of internal storage with the ability to expand it with a microSD card. Powering it through the day is a 3410mAh battery, which BlackBerry says will provide up to 22.5 hours of life per charge.

Update: BlackBerry has also gone live with the UK pre-orders for the Priv for the price of £559.