BlackBerry Priv: Have They Done it This Time?

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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 Characteristics 

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.


The Specifications 

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)
Keyboard QWERTY
– 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
GPU Adreno 418


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
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps
Secondary 2 MP, 720p


SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes


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
Radio No
USB microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort 4K)


FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, altimeter, gyro, ToF proximity, compass
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– 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


The Verdict 

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.


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