BlackBerry’s first-ever Android phone is excellent – it’s just too late

Well this is a turn-up for the books. After almost four years of banging the BlackBerry 10 drum it seems the Canadian firm has finally admitted defeat, launching its first Android smartphone in the BlackBerry Priv.

The BlackBerry Priv’s 5.4-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and 18MP rear camera means it stands up against the flagship competition of 2015 – the problem is, it’s arriving around six months later.

With a SIM-free cost of £559 (US$699, around AU$975) the BlackBerry Priv certainly carries a flagship price tag – and there’s another problem here, in that its rivals have all dropped in price since launch, and thus are cheaper.

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