Blackberry is finally back with a totally new Android-powered smartphone dubbed as Blackberry Priv. The Canadian smartphone maker on Friday launched the device and announced the opening of pre-orders as well. The Priv will be the first ever Blackberry smartphone to run any android version (Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to be precise) on it.
The new flagship from Blackberry will start shipping on November 6. Blackberry’s own Blackberry 10 OS has failed generate a significant market share ever since it was launched in late 2013, and it will be interesting to see if Priv turns around beleaguered company’s fortunes.
The unlocked, without contract Blackberry Priv is available for $699 through pre-order, which means one needs to pay extra $50 in comparison to unlocked Samsung Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6s.
A higher price and inclusion of QUERTY style slider keypad hints at Blackberry’s attempt to woo corporate customers. Without much ado, let’s get straight to the specifications and features offered by Blackberry Priv.
The Blackberry Priv boasts of a 5.43-inch Amoled curved display with Quad-HD display (2560×1440 pixels) (~540 ppi pixel density). Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM. The same SoC is found on many of the current top tier Android smartphones. Graphic performance is taken care of by Adreno 418 GPU.
Coming to camera, the Blackberry Priv features a 18-megapixel rear with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash. It can record videos of 2160p@30fps and 1080p@60fps. A 2-megapixel front-facing camera also comes pre-installed.
The Blackberry Priv packs a big 3,410 mAh battery, which is rated to deliver over 22.5 hours of “mixed use” to get you through the day. Although, the device is 4G LTE enabled, but in US it will only work with AT&T or T-Mobile’s networks. The phone will play host to many of Blackberry’s own security, messaging and email apps including BBM and BlackBerry Hub pre-installed.
The phone also has support for expanding storage via external microSD cards of up to 200GB. As of now there is no information about Blackberry Priv’s India launch or pricing, rest assured we will keep you updated.