Ending the anxiety of avid fans, BlackBerry has revealed a few details about BlackBerry Priv through an official video. Carphone Warehouse has also released its own video describing the upcoming handset.
The video released by BlackBerry is a nifty little demo that summarises the feature set of the Priv. The 42 second video shows off the near-stock version of Android, notification center, access to universal search, BBM for Android, the QWERTY keypad that doubles as a trackpad, Google Maps, among other things.
The second video, embedded below, is from Carphone Warehouse that comes with commentary and runs for a minute and 6 seconds. In the video, Carphone Warehouse shows off the dual curved screen just like the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, the QWERTY keypad, 3,410 mAh battery, Dee Tech software, 5.4-inch Quad HD display, and the powerful Schnieder-Kreuznach lens for bright and clear photos.
The £579.99 SIM-free BlackBerry Priv is available for pre-order from the mobile retailer in the UK and while the company hasn’t revealed when it will start shipping the smartphone, we at least now know that the handset packs some powerful hardware.
The Android-powered smartphone has Snapdragon 808 mobile processor at its core aided by 3GB of RAM and a powerful 3,140 mAh battery. Running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop mobile operating system, the BlackBerry Priv also features an 18-megapixel camera.
The 5.4-inch AMOLED display curved on both sides makes BlackBerry Priv look different as well as stunning. With Quad HD display (2560 x 1440 pixels) and a 540 pixels per inch resolution, the smartphone will definitely playback videos in great clarity.
The dual LED 18-megapixel camera certified by Schneider-Kreuznach claims to provide smartphone picture fanatics with a tool that is guaranteed to deliver on each capture. The front camera is however just 2-megapixel, which will not provide the greatest of video call experience, but will definitely provide above average quality.
As far as the powerhouse of the QWERTY Android smartphone goes, it packs 1.8GHz dual core + 1.44GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage expandable to up to 2TB using a microSD card.
As far as security and privacy go, BlackBerry has been saying it from day one that through the smartphone is based on Android, it will be loading the handset with its own security suite and fulfilling the promise, the smartphone maker is bringing in DTEK that it says will provide enhanced security and privacy to users.
BlackBerry must be hoping that its Android-powered Priv helps it make some money otherwise the first Android-powered smartphone from the Canadian smartphone manufacturer could end up becoming the last.