Recently launched, BlackBerry Priv, first Android smartphone from BlackBerry is now officially available for pre-orders at $699 (~Rs. 45,000). The company reveals that it will start shipping the handsets to the United States on November 6.
The BlackBerry Priv may have to face a tough competition in the smartphone market, as it is priced way higher than Android flagship smartphones such as Moto X Pure, Nexus 6P and Galaxy Note 5. Also, the firm has much expectation from the handset as it has already announced that it will quit the smartphone business if the handset sales won’t cross to a count of five million units this year.
The company is already prepared for the competition in the market, this time the droidphone by BlackBerry doesn’t lag behind in terms of specs. The BlackBerry Priv runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is powered by 1.8 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A57 & 1.44 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53a processors and Adreno 418 GPU integrated with a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset that is coupled with a 3GB of RAM. On storage front, it comes with 32 GB of internal storage that can be expandable up to 200GB via a microSD card.
The handset is fronted with a 5.4-inch Quad HD display with 1440 x 2560 pixels of resolution and 540 ppi of pixel density, which covers around 72 percent of the the front panel. In terms of photography, the BlacBerry Priv is packed with a 18-megapixel of rear camera that is featured with Schneider-Kreuznach optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. While, the 2-megapixel of secondary camera is an ideal tool for video conferencing.
The comapny claims that 3410 mAh of battery, bundled with the device could lasts up to 22 hours. The phone comes with 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and microUSB v2.0, as connectivity options.
In additon, the Canada-based business phone manufacturer has revealed that it has focussed a lot on security with its Android phone and added its own software to the mix. Swiping up from the Home button reveals Google Now along with BlackBerry Hub feature.
BlackBerry says its Priv will support only with AT&T and T-Mobile which drops aspiring Sprint, Verizon or US Cellular customers with no option.
Tech Specs for BlackBerry Priv
|Camera||18MP rear and 2MP front camera|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808|
|Display||5.4-inch QHD display|
|OS||Android 5.1.1 Lollipop|
|Storage||32 GB, expandable up to 200 GB|