Just how important has the Indian smartphone market become for the industry’s heavyweights, falling giants and rising rookies? Very, considering it’s recently passed the one-billion user mark, second only to China.

BlackBerry Priv’s long overdue launch around those parts once again goes to show the Canadian OEM is fully committed to a hardware comeback, relying first and foremost on Android software, but thinking of further developing and refining its proprietary BB OS as well.

There’s no word on Indian pricing yet, though based on the country’s particularities and patterns, it’s safe to anticipate a small premium over the $700 charged free of contractual obligations stateside. Maybe a nice 50,000 rupees, i.e. $740 is on deck.

We know, that sounds a little steep, but it’s good to keep in mind BB has plans for a sales-boosting discount around next month, and it could well extend to new markets, India, Italy, Spain, and Netherlands included, in addition to North America.

For the time being, save the January 28 date if you live in India and are interested in things like productivity, QWERTY keyboards, and extreme security, as next Thursday is when BlackBerry will take to New Delhi for Priv’s full regional story.

Source: Gadgets 360

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