BlackBerry are in the verge of releasing their first Android smartphone and confirmed it will soon release the handset called BlackBerry Priv and it is now available to pre-order. The phone is expected to hit the stores in November and was recently announced.
It is rumoured that this phone will cost about $630. You might be one of those wondering whether you should get this phone and replace your old handset or not, well, this article will help you a great deal to get to your conclusion. Here it is, BlackBerry PRIV: All there is to know.
The Design and Display
The BlackBerry Priv features a 5.4-inch display with curved edges, and it has a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The PRIV features an integrated keyboard within a slider mechanism at the bottom of the device. There is also a visible speaker that stretches across the entire width below the keyboard. A Micro-USB port sits central and a headphone socket is on the far left next to the charging port. The sliding mechanism is really handy as you can use the device as a touch screen phone and when you need to quickly type a text, you can conveniently slide the screen and start comfortably typing on the keyboard.
There are three buttons on the right-hand side of the device, with the larger buttons working as volume control, while the centre smaller button is what is used for activating the notification centre. Another singular button is on the left-hand side, which looks to be the power button. The rear camera is in the centre and the pictures show it coming with a dual-tone LED flash – something also confirmed in the official specifications.
System and Platform
The Priv is powered by a 1.8 GHz 64-bit hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, supported by 3 GB RAM, 32 GB of storage and a micro SD slot. These features certainly puts the PRIV on a par with high rated Android devices.
BlackBerry has, for the Priv, switched from its own BlackBerry OS to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop for release. Whether that will be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow in time remains to be seen. The BlackBerry Priv comes with something called DTEK, which is described as a warning system app, designed to boost your privacy.
As it is an Android device, it is certain that Google Play, Google maps and other Google apps are pre installed in the phone.
Cameras and Memory
The BlackBerry PRIV features a very impressive 18 MP rear camera. The camera has Schneider-Kreuznach optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. If you’ve never heard of Schneider Kreuznach or Schneider Optics before, you’re probably not alone but they are a manufacturer of industrial and photographic optics and some of their achievements include supplying gear to NASA, as well as winning an Oscar for Technical Achievement for their Super-Cinelux motion picture lenses. And to have such optics equipped in a phone is pretty impressive.
The phone features a 5 MP front facing camera and considering the front cameras of other android devices, it can be considered fine. The PRIV can capture videos at 2160p@ 30 fps and 1080p@ 60 fps.
The BlackBerry PRIV has an internal memory of 32 GB and features 3 GB RAM. The good news is that if 32 GB is not sufficient for you, there is a micro SD card slot and the memory is expandable up-to 200 GB! It would be hard to imagine anyone needing more that amount of memory. The picture on the right shows the SIM slot and a SD card slot on the device.
The PRIV features a powerful Li-Ion 3410 mAh battery which is a pretty large capacity, so we’d have hopes for all-day battery life. The amount of standby and talk time are yet to be tested but looking at the quality of the batteries, it seems that it is going to be quite impressive. You can charge the batteries like any other phone, via the USB port.
Although the phone is yet to be released, considering the price, specifications, design and the overall feedback for now, the phone seems to be heading to a market success. There are some people claiming that the keyboard is a bit old school and think that the trend has passed but personally, it adds to the looks and appeal of the phone and if it is convenient and handy, people wont mind using the old trend. Overall, this phone seems to be a wonderful one and will certainly attract the wallets of numerous Android lovers.
In case you missed anything mentioned above, here is a quick overview of the phone:
DISPLAY: 1440 x 2560 pixels (~540 ppi pixel density), AMOLED capacitive touch-screen, 16M colours, 5.4 inches
PLATFORM: Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808
CPU: Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53
MEMORY: Internal 32 GB, 3 GB RAM, Expandable micro SD, up to 200 GB
CAMERA: 18 MP rear, 5 MP front, Schneider-Kreuznach optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash/ Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama/ 2160p@30 fps, 1080p@60 fps (Video)
SOUND: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
FEATURES: Accelerometer, proximity, compass/ SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM(for messaging)
BATTERY: Li-Ion 3410 mAh battery
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