PRIV brings incredible new features to the Android platform that make sharing ideas and connecting with people faster and easier. Combined with the world’s most popular mobile OS, it’s the best of both worlds.
BlackBerry Priv smartphone was launched in October 2015.
The phone comes with a 5.40-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels at a PPI of 540 pixels per inch.
The BlackBerry Priv is powered by 1.44GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 2000GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the BlackBerry Priv packs a 18-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The BlackBerry Priv runs Android 5.1.1 and is powered by a 3410mAh non removable battery. It measures 147.00 x 77.20 x 9.40 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 192.00 grams.
The BlackBerry Priv is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.
BlackBerry Priv special features:
The BlackBerry Priv display is 5.43-inch a dual-edge AMOLED screen just like Samsung’s Galaxy devices.
As soon as you hear the name BlackBerry you think of a physical keyboard. While this may not have been considered cool in recent years, the Priv aims to set that straight. There’s no denying that nostalgia and novelty play a major part in the Priv’s cool, but the QWERTY keyboard is more than just a gimmick.
The best part about the Priv’s keyboard is that it is entirely optional. The Priv can be used operated completely on-screen like any other smartphone if you want to. But if you did want that, you wouldn’t have bought a Blackberry.
The Priv’s screen slides up to reveal the keyboard when you need it for longer emails or messages. Anyone who loved BlackBerry keyboards in the past will love the one on the Priv.
BlackBerry Priv software
Gone are the days of BlackBerry OS being the sole BlackBerry platform. For the first time, the Canadian company has delivered a smartphone that uses the Android operating system. While Android Lollipop is the version installed on the Priv, an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow is already in the works. When the update is due to arrive is not yet known.
Another value-added feature from BlackBerry concerns security and privacy. The magic word for maximum security at BlackBerry is DTEK. This feature is not just a software solution, but a combination of hardware and software. Since the Priv still uses Android Lollipop, DTEK can inform you that an app, such as Facebook, wants to access GPS data. It won’t be until Marshmallow is ready that you’ll be able to block this access, however You’ll also get the goods from BlackBerry where secure messaging is concerned. So you’ve got the in-house messaging app, a meeting app, a password-safe and a secure BlackBerry on-screen keyboard option. The first two might be most useful if you’re using the Priv as a business phone or BYOD device, but a password manager is a great option for anyone.
Even with all these great new features, the Priv has a few secrets up its sleeve. In the security settings you’ll find an option for a photo password. You choose an image and then select a single-digit number. You’ll then be shown an overlay of digits over the image and you drag your chosen digit to a particular place in the image. This is now how you unlock your lock screen: drag your number to this location.
Excellent Display; Great Design; AWESOME Specs; Decent Camera; No More App GAP!
Battery Performance Is Sketchy At Best; There Are Some Performance Gremlins; Keyboard Isn’t As Good As Passport’s Setup; No BlackBerry Blend.