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Take a closer look at the BlackBerry Priv (pictures)

The Priv is BlackBerry's first Android phone -- lets take a closer look.

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The BlackBerry Priv

Meet the BlackBerry Priv. BlackBerry's first foray into the Android ecosystem pairs speedy hardware with a great display.

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It's also a slider. A four-row QWERTY keyboard is hidden behind the display. The keyboard might be a bit narrow for big hands, but it's well designed and comfortable to type on.

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BlackBerry is promising to secure the Android ecosystem, offering monthly security upgrades and the ability to push hotfixes to devices, even if your carrier isn't ready.

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The Priv fits neatly in the hand -- unlike the cumbersome Passport. It also offers a full keyboard and a large display, unlike the BlackBerry Classic.

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The four-row capacitive keyboard can serve as a touchpad.

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The 18-megapixel camera leaves much to be desired, but it'll be suitable for social media sharing. It also shoots 4K video.

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The camera's two-tone flash should prevent casting a blue or yellow haze over your shots.

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Here's the back of the phone, extended.

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The Priv has a curved display, but it doesn't make much use of it yet. The Battery Edge is great though -- it'll keep tabs on your charging progress.

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Here's a side shot, extended.

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And another side shot, retracted.

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The phone charges via MicroUSB, but it's also SlimPort enabled, so you can add more advanced display options if you've got the right dongles.

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The phone supports expandable storage -- you can add up to 2TB microSD cards.

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