BlackBerry Priv Android Smartphone to be launched in the Subcontinent |

BlackBerry has assembled a thoroughly enjoyable piece of hardware, and while the BlackBerry/Android software mashup isn't perfect it's a solid first attempt.



THE GOOD

  • Amazing battery life
  • Smooth, mostly Google interface
  • The best physical keyboard ever
  • Decent camera
  • Fantastic front-facing speaker

THE BAD

  • BlackBerry software occasionally gets in the way
  • Front-facing camera is a little weak
  • Launching with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop




To recall, after innumerable leaks and rumours about its first Android smartphone, Canadian mobile company BlackBerry last September confirmed the Priv would be launched in 2015. After going up for pre-orders in October, the smartphone finally went on sale in the US and Canada in November last year.

The BlackBerry Priv was priced at $699 in the US, which today translates to roughly BDT. 54900. We can expect BlackBerry to bring the smartphone to the country with a small premium over the converted dollar price.

To recall, the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based BlackBerry Priv features a 5.4-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) Amoled display and sports a pixel density of 540ppi. It also bears support for a glove mode. Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor (1.8GHz dual-core Cortex-A57, and 1.44GHz quad-core Cortex-A53) clubbed with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 418 GPU.

Bearing 32GB of built-in storage, the BlackBerry also bears a hot-swappable microSD expansion slot (up to 2TB). An 18-megapixel rear camera is at the rear with optical image stabilisation, PDAF, dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording. A 2-megapixel front-camera is also on board, and offers HD video recording.

As for connectivity options, the BlackBerry Priv support 4G LTE (with the US variant only showing support for India's FDD-LTE Band 3), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with Direct functionality, Bluetooth 4.1, 3.5mm audio jack, Micro-USB, NFC, and GPS/ A-GPS. The smartphone bears an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, time of flight (ToF) sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, altimeter, and activity monitor. A massive 3410mAh battery backs the device, rated to deliver up to 22.5 hours of 'mixed usage'

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Display

5.40-inch

Processor

1.44GHz

Front Camera

 2-megapixel

Resolution

 1440x2560 pixels

RAM

 3GB

OS

 Android 5.1.1

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

18-megapixel

Battery capacity

3410mAh

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