Canadian Smartphone Giant Blackberry is all set to release their first Android powered smart phone Blackberry Priv in India by January 28. It’s a very good news for both Blackberry and Android users. The security, compression and battery life of Blackberry backed by the User interface, application support and web browsing of Android. This will surely bring 90% of features to the smartphone that every user dreams of. Blackberry Priv on the other hand is not at all a base model blackberry phone that works on Android platform. It’s much more. Let’s see the features and specifications of Blackberry PRIV/Android PRIV.
Specifications of Blackberry Priv
- Screen size and Display
5.4 inches dual curved touchscreen, with 2560 x 1440 resolution at 540ppi.
- OS and Processor
Blackberry Priv runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS and a 64 bit, Hexa-Core, Qualcomm 8992 Snapdragon 808 processor. A stunning 600MHz Adreno 418 GPU is integrated for graphics and gaming.
3GB RAM, 32GB flash memory(internal), Up to 2TB expandable memory via hot swappable microSD memory card.
18MP autofocus primary camera with Dual LED flash, 2MP Fixed focus front camera with wide selfie mode.
3410mAh non-removable Li-ion battery. Compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. Wireless charging feature only for US users.
US: FD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 29, 30 (2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/700/700/800/700/2300 MHz), HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz), Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz).
Asia-Pacific, Canada and Latin America: FD-LTE 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30 (2100/1900/1800/1700/850/2600/900/700/700/700/800/1900/700/700/2300 MHz), TD-LTE 38, 40, 41 (2600/2300/2500 MHz), HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8 (2100/1900/1700/850/900 MHz), Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz).
Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy (LE) and EDR.
Assisted, Autonomous and Simultaneous GPS, GLONASS Support, OTDOA, Pre-loaded Google Maps, NFC.
WiFi network working at 5GHz and 2.5GHz frequency bands. 4G Mobile Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct and 2×2 MIMO.
Accelerometer, Activity Monitor, Altimeter, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Proximity, Time of Flight (ToF).
Special Features of Blackberry Priv
The main feature that attracted everyone to Blackberry was it’s security, compression and the qwerty keyboard which is very handy for messaging. On the other hand, Android is one step behind, in terms of these three functions. Whereas, the availability of a huge number and wide range of Google play store apps, it’s open source nature, user attractive and friendly designed User interface, and smooth web browsing experience makes Android more superior. Blackberry Priv combines the pros of both Blackberry and Android. So, in a single piece, you will get security, apps, UI and the querty keyboard. It is not over. Blackberry Priv comes with a splendid 18MP primary camera and lot of other features. Let us examine it one by one.
The most exciting feature of this blackberry Android phone is the camera. It has an 18MP well equipped camera to capture quality images. The technology used is well engineered such that it has even got Schneider-Kreuznach certification, Schneider being the leading manufacturer of industrial and photographic optics. The camera gives good professional looking photos as technologies used in the camera are similiar to that used in DSLRs. Other characteristics include Phase Detection Auto Focus, OIS, and a dual-colour flash. This will output superior images even at low light conditions. Video recording options are 4k at 30 fps and 1080p HD at 60 fps.
The front camera in Priv is 2 Megapixels. Lens is f2.8 fixed focus type. It allows 2X digital zoom and 720p HD video recoring. There is a Wide selfie mode/selfie panorama mode to catch selfies.
As Priv is a Blackberry product, never worry about privacy and security. It is always safe in their hands. Unlike conventional Android phones where the users important data and documents can accessed by apps, Blackberry always give first preference to the privacy of user data.
Priv security starts at the boot level. A better, more secure bootloader is built. In order to lock the vulnerabilities of Android OS, some of the unnecessary features are disabled in Priv. Secure Compound security software, provides a trusted environment for the protection of sensitive data and security-focused applications.
Full Disk encryption allows Priv to encrypt user data, ensuring that data is accessible to users only with the pin or password. DTEK is a software that moniters and displays the current status of your overall privacy. You can change the security settings in just a simple touch. There are many other inbuilt security features which include password protection, remote device management, data in transit protection and application security.
Virtual and Physical Keyboards
Blackberry priv encompasses of a slider which pulls out a qwerty physical keyboard. This will surely make the messaging easy in Whatsapp, facebook or elsewhere. If you get bored by the slider after some time, just push it up. use the conventional virtual keyboard for conveying messages.
Running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS, Priv has the advantage that, it has access to over 1 million apps on Google play store. You can even connect to your TV, car, thermostat, wearables, fitness trackers, and so much more to your Priv. Also there is facility to stream the display of Priv to TV, game console and other smart devices. The intelligent calender in Android syncs with work and perosonal accounts. The blackberry calender will trigger actions to make, which in turn make your job much easier.