The BlackBerry Priv has sold out on Amazon. The handset is the first BlackBerry device to come running on Android operating system (OS).
On Friday, Nov. 6, BlackBerry confirmed that Priv. Bell, Rogers, TELUS and other carriers are offering the Priv in Canada. However, AT&T is the only carrier to offer the new BlackBerry handset in the U.S. Retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy and B&H are also offering the Priv.
Amazon started selling the device after it was officially released in the U.S. but within hours the device was sold out.
"Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock," per the Amazon BlackBerry Priv webpage.
AT&T is selling the BlackBerry Priv for $249 on a two-year contract or on an instalment scheme where customers have to pay $24.67 per month for 30 months.
The BlackBerry Priv is a slider phone that offers a physical keypad customers can find more convenient for typing.
"With BlackBerry's patented keyboard and the full complement of applications found in Google Play, this device expands our cross-platform strategy and gives end users the best in security, privacy and productivity, with no compromises on applications," says John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry.
The BlackBerry Priv packs in top-end features that can attract many smartphone buyers. The mobile phone touts a 5.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and 541ppi.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor at 1.8GHz and a RAM of 3GB powers the BlackBerry Priv. The smartphone is equipped with 18MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing cameras. A 3,410mAh battery fuels the BlackBerry device. The smartphone also features wireless charging with Qi standard.
The BlackBerry Priv comes running on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Owners of the latest BlackBerry device will also hope that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is rolled out to the Priv as soon as possible.
The unavailability of the mobile phone on Amazon may be disappointing news for BlackBerry lovers who want to purchase the handset. However, the unavailability of the handset on Amazon may be good news for the Canadian company that hopes the Priv turn the tides in its favor.