BlackBerry PRIV Review-Specs, Hardware & Performance.Finally Long awaited rumor is true,I saw this online but wanted to be sure before i write the article,First Blackberry Android smartphone,is now available For only $699 usd ,The BlackBerry PRIV is one of 2015’s most exciting releases. Here’s our review of BlackBerry’s FIRST Android handset.BlackBerry Priv is something we never thought we’d see; a BlackBerry-made device running on Google’s Android software. That’s a promising combo, teasing excellent hardware with one of the biggest and best software platofrms and content ecosystems on the market today – access to all the things you know and love from Google’s catalogue of apps and services, but right there on a physical-keyboard toting BlackBerry!
What to see in box,
In the Box:
You will receive:
• PRIV Smartphone (Quantity: 1)
• 3.5 mm stereo headset (Quantity:1)
• MicroUSB 2.0 cable (Quantity:1)
• +5V DC / 1.3A AC power adapter, OMTP Compliant (Quantity: 1)
BlackBerry PRIV Review-Specs, Hardware & Performance :
Like Apple, BlackBerry has never been one for Keeping Up With The Jones’ when it comes to spec and hardware. Previous handsets have been decent, most notably the Passport, but most have settled for middling spec and hardware because, put simply, people used BlackBerry’s differently to how they use Android phones.
The PRIV bucks this trend in SPECTACULAR fashion. Looking like the Samsung Galaxy S6 EDGE and packing specs and hardware to rival it, the BlackBerry PRIV is the most powerful and feature-packed phone BlackBerry has ever released. Hell, it’s probably one of the best phones on market at present in this respect too. But as Apple likes to teach us once a year: specs and hardware aren’t everything.
Here are the BlackBerry PRIV’s specs in full:
Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Qualcomm 8992 with 64 bit Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 and Quad-core 1.44 GHz CortexA53 (Snapdragon 808 Hexa-Core, 64 bit)
Adreno 418, 600 MHz
• Curved 5.43”
• 2560 x 1440 resolution
• 540 DPI
• WQHD Plastic AMOLED
• High Brightness Mode for Outdoor Readability
• 24-bit color depth
• 16:9 aspect ratio
• Corning Gorilla Glass 4
3GB low-power RAM
32GB Flash storage
MicroSD up to 2TB
18MP, f/2.2, OIS, phase-detect autofocus
Front camera :
2MP, f/2.8, 1.75um pixel size
3,410 mAh, 4.4volt
Quick Charge 2.0
Qi wireless (some models)
147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm
184 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm (keyboard open)
FD-LTE: Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 20, 29, 30
HSPA+: Band 1, 2, 4, 5/6, 8
Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, USB 2.0
PRIV – Features :
As the first-ever BlackBerry® smartphone powered by Android™, PRIV™ by BlackBerry® brings incredible new features to the platform and gives you full access to over one million applications: whether it’s Spotify, Uber or BBM®, you’ll find it on Google Play™ . Exclusive to the PRIV by BlackBerry are the apps that have long made BlackBerry the choice for serious communicators.
Colossal Battery Life
Don’t be deceived by the sleek design of PRIV™ by BlackBerry®. It still packs a 3410 mAh battery with enough power for up to 22.5 hours of mixed use*. With the elegantly curved screen, you can see battery charge status even when your device is sleeping. Discover the confidence that comes with proven battery life and the freedom of being unplugged all day long.
Dazzling Photo Quality
The PRIV™ camera is engineered to deliver professional-looking photos by integrating technologies commonly found in professional DSLR cameras. The camera has 18 MP dual-flash camera and is certified by Schneider-Kreuznach®.
Color filters and exposure control settings can be applied as you take the picture. Phase Detection Auto Focus, OIS, and dual-color flash help to accurately and quickly focus the camera, capturing blur-free photos, even in low light.
Best of Both Keyboards
The freedom to choose between a virtual keyboard or a physical keyboard comes standard with every PRIV™ by BlackBerry®. Snap the slider open to gain back screen space and reveal a full physical keyboard. Move your thumb across the touch sensitive keys for scrolling and fine cursor control as if it were a track pad. And, easily program the buttons to launch customizable shortcuts. PRIV gives you the keys to make life more productive, in a remarkably slim design.
Take control of your privacy
In this world of interconnected apps and networks, controlling what is shared and with whom it’s shared with can be a challenge. DTEK™ by BlackBerry® for Android™ lets you know when your privacy could be at risk so you can take action to improve it. Know at a glance the overall security rating for your device, as well as for specific security features. Monitor and control application access to your microphone, camera, location and personal information. Take control and be confident knowing your personal data is being kept private.
Keep life organized with BlackBerry® Hub. This unified inbox is an irreplaceable tool for consolidating all of your messages in one place. Whether it’s social media*, email, SMS, calendar or phone calls.
BlackBerry® Calendar is the best out-of-box calendar experience on Android. When it’s time to join a call, PRIV presents you with a simple Join Now button that automatically dials you in. When receiving or creating meeting invites, you are presented with adjacent or conflicting appointments.
Tough & Beautiful Screen
An immersive dual-curve display of the PRIV™ by BlackBerry® gives you the best visual experience with the security of rigorously drop-tested Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4. At a resolution of 2560×1440, it sports an incredible pixel density of 540 PPI – that’s 4x the amount of pixels of a standard HDTV. And because the display is OLED, it delivers richer colors and deeper black levels with less power consumption, so you can revel in its beauty for even longer.
I’d seen the leaks and read the reports and knew ALL about the specs and hardware before my briefing with BlackBerry. I had a pretty solid idea about what the PRIV would look and function like. At least I thought I did, but once I sat down and looked at the handset I realised it was VERY different looking in real life — the pictures really do not do it justice.
The PRIV is bigger and has a lot more presence than I had anticipated. The first thing I noticed about the handset was its display; the curved QHD panel looks utterly stunning. The finish and gait of the handset is pure BlackBerry, with its traditional silver-on-black livery, but it also looks completely unlike anything the company has ever produced, sort of like the bastard child of the Galaxy S6 EDGE and the Passport.
BlackBerry Reveals Android Marshmallow Update Plans For 2016
Well kind of. Yes folks, we’ve known for some time the BlackBerry Priv would launch with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop onboard, but we also knew that Marshmallow was coming – and of course it’s now here as a more up-to-date build of the software. So does BlackBerry have plans to update the Priv after launch? In a word, yes.
It’s not quite as straightforward as that though. BlackBerry president of devices Ron Louks has confirmed that the Priv will be updated to Marshmallow “sometimes in the new year”, but hasn’t narrowed it down. It’s wide open at this point, but at least we know it’s coming.
What’s more, Louks also confirmed that going forward BlackBerry intends to keep pace with Google’s release of subsequent patches, stating that the idea is to follow each Google rollout within 30 days. Good going, here’s hoping the firm can stick to that!
BlackBerry LOVES security and prides itself on offering best in class solutions to its customers. Using Android created quite a few problems for the company in this regard, as it is no longer in complete control of the software running on its devices. Nevertheless, the engineers at BlackBerry took measures into their own hands, adding in a cryptographic key at hardware level, augmenting the Linux kernel and, if that wasn’t enough, they even included the Dtek security app which monitors what’s going on in your phone and reports anything nefarious.
Beyond this BlackBerry has promised a three-prong approach to Android security going forwards, which is detailed in full below:
Android Monthly Security Updates
Each month Google releases to BlackBerry and other Android OEMs a security bulletin containing a list of recently discovered Android vulnerabilities. Approximately one month later, Google exposes these in the public domain, so it is critical that BlackBerry release software in advance of public disclosure. BlackBerry will release these monthly updates to users that have purchased PRIV through shopblackberry.com and to PRIV resellers (carriers and other authorized dealers) that have agreed to participate in our regular monthly update program and facilitate rapid approval of our monthly updates for over-the-air (OTA) to subscribers.
Some critical Android vulnerabilities – for example, one that can be easily and remotely exploited with a publicly disclosed method to execute “root” privileged malware – simply can’t wait for a monthly update cycle. Depending on the severity of the problem, complexity of the fix, and timing relative to the monthly update cycle, BlackBerry will opt to perform a hotfix, where the code to address only the specific critical problem is pushed to customers. Because a hotfix is typically limited in scope, the balance between a longer testing and approval process and the risk from the critical flaw makes this approach an important addition to helping keep users safe and secure. While BlackBerry will work with its go-to-market partners on approval and delivery of hotfixes, BlackBerry has the ability to directly patch all PRIV variants and will do so when necessary to protect users and enterprises.
Historically, IT has managed the delivery of OS updates to business PCs. By controlling when and to which devices and users that patches are delivered, IT can avoid expensive software incompatibilities and ensure that the security issues most important to the business are mitigated. In the mobile world, enterprises have lost this control. BlackBerry aims to bring back this control through BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and OTA management systems.
With respect to performance, the BlackBerry PRIV is an odd one. In most instances the software runs fine and is similar to what you’d experience on any top flight handset from Google, Samsung, HTC or LG. But every now and then it seems to fall over itself and is overcome with these horrible, spluttery fits where everything just stops working and the only way around this is a reboot. I don’t know if this was specific to my handset or something experienced by other reviewers, but it was certainly unexpected, given the specs and price of the PRIV, and it occurred often enough for me to make a mental note about it and include it in my review.
Perhaps these niggles can be ironed out with an update?
* Based on mixed usage scenario. Many factors affect battery life, including network connectivity, application usage, feature configuration and battery age. Actual results may vary.
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