Now so long ago, Blackberry was the front-runner, producing premium phones with a QWERTY physical keyboard. But ever since the touch-screen phones took over, Blackberry seemed to be falling a little bit behind. Now, Blackberry released its first phone that runs on Android operating system – the Blackberry Priv!
The first thing that should be mentioned is the fact that Blackberry stayed true to themselves and kept the QWERTY physical keyboard. However, the design of the keyboard is so subtle that you won’t even notice it is there. The Blackberry Priv is actually a slide phone. Slide it up, and you will expose the keyboard.
Of course, you can also use an on-screen keyboard while using the phone. Another cool think you can do when it comes to the keyword is that you can turn an on-screen keyboard for the ALT keys by simply sliding up. And that’s really a feature that no other phone can have.
Blackberry Priv’s display is a 5.4” Amoled display, with a pixel density of 540 PPI. And the display has curved edges!
The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with 3 GB of RAM, and a battery capacity of 3410mAh.
Blackberry Priv has an 18-megapixel back camera, and 2-megapixel front camera.
|BODY||Dimensions||147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm (5.79 x 3.04 x 0.37 in)|
|Weight||192 g (6.77 oz)|
|– Capacitive touch 4-row BlackBerry keyboard|
|DISPLAY||Type||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.4 inches (~71.9% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~540 ppi pixel density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 10 fingers|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|– Curved edge screen|
|PLATFORM||OS||Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 200 GB|
|Internal||32 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||18 MP, Schneider-Kreuznach optics, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Secondary||2 MP, 720p|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS|
|USB||microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort 4K)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Accelerometer, altimeter, gyro, ToF proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Optional Wireless Charging (Qi/PMA-enabled)
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 3410 mAh battery|
To be honest, I am really surprised by what Blackberry delivered this time. The phone has all the great specifications a modern smartphone needs, plus, offers the functionality of an actual physical keyboard.
Of course, there are things that are still missing. For example, the camera could be much better in terms of adding more manual command. They have also overcomplicated the notification panel by giving too many options, that may turn out to be confusing.
But in the end, I would give this phone thumbs up. It is more than a decent try for a first Android phone from Blackberry.