Will this be a permanent move by blackberry to android? Only time can tell. The Blackberry Priv is the first ever blackberry smartphone to run on Android operating system. Really, this is good news for Android lovers who love blackberry but aren’t just fans of BB’s operating system. I have to say, Blackberry’s decision to move to Android is a very good given that now they have a wider market and they will be forced to make some quality phones given the kind of competition that is within android powered device manufacturers. Let us take a look at what Blackberry wraps with the Blackberry Priv.
Design and Build
It has a lot going on for its build and design. It has a vertical slider which gives you access to its physical keyboard, has carbon fiber all around its body, squared off top and bottom and has a very good grip both on its back and on its side realms. On the bottom of the Priv is a front facing speaker with a lip that slides the screen upwards to access the keyboard right above it. You get a camera with dual LED flash on it back and a Blackberry logo. It stands at 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm and weighs 192 grams.
The blackberry Priv’s screen is a pretty good QHD quality panel. It is sharp and gets well saturated. It is a 5.4 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a 71.9% screen-to-body ratio. With a 1440 x 2560 pixels (540 ppi pixel density) resolution, expect good color representation with the Blackberry Priv. visibility in direct sunlight is okay and viewing angles on the Priv are also respectable.
The Blackberry Priv has an 18 MP, f/2.2 primary shooter that does it really good in good lighting photography especially. It has good and moderately fast autofocus and is keen on color detail. It however suffers in low light conditions but all thanks to the dual LED flash which tries to solve that. the secondary shooter is a 2 MP, 720p shooter. Well, it is 2MP, don’t expect it to do much. Sad news for the selfie lovers I’d say. Anyway video recording is up to 4k and has fairly good stabilization.
Memory and Performance
A Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset, a Hexa-core (4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A57) CPU and Adreno 408 GPU is the BlackBerry Priv’s performance benchmark. It comes with android M=marshmallow 6.0.1 and we should expect an update to Nougat, soon.
Blackberry Priv comes with 32GB internal memory and runs on 3GB of RAM. Internal memory can however be expanded up to 256GB using an external SD card.
Battery: a 3410mAh battery powers the Priv and has an endurance rating of 62 hours. Standby on 3G is up to 420 hours while talk time on 3G still is up to 24 hours.
The Priv supports Quick Charge 2.0.
Connectivity and Network
Blackberry Priv supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, has NFC and comes with microUSB 2.0 (SlimPort 4K).
Network: GSM 2G, HSPA 3G and LTE 4G. Supports nano-SIM.
As earlier mentioned, the Blackberry Priv has a front facing speaker at the bottom of the phone. Well, given that it faces the user, sound is audible enough even when part of the speaker is blocked by the user. It supports Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones alert types, has a 3.5mm jack and comes with dedicated mic for noise cancellation.
Being Blackberry’s first android powered device ever, I think Blackberry did a pretty good job in making the Blackberry Priv. It has software features are some you will not find in any other android devices and its build is also a good one. I always think of blackberry as a business phone. But that’s just me. The Priv is a good solid phone that I would recommend to just about anyone looking for a solid blackberry device, and of course one who wouldn’t mind a physical keyboard. Although the keyboard itself feels like a very good addition by blackberry.
It comes in one color, Black.
Check out Blackberry Priv’s official video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/3d0bqe2Z7pI
Check out Blackberry Priv’s official website: https://us.blackberry.com/smartphones/priv-by-blackberry/overview