Blackberry Priv smartphone
The BlackBerry Priv has been developed by BlackBerry Limited. It was released on November 6, 2015.
The Priv is the first BlackBerry-branded smartphone that runs a version of high-end Android Lollipop platform customized with features inspired by those on BlackBerry phones and with security enhancements. With its use of Android the company seek to leverage access to the larger number of Android software available through the Google Play Store.
The Priv works with many of the world’s carriers, and the four major carriers in the US.
In fact, while BlackBerry was dominant in the early smartphone market, the company had struggled in recent years due to the dominance of Apple with its iPhones, and Android devices designed and marketed primarily by Samsung Electronics.
The Priv features a 5.43 in, 1440p AMOLED display, which is slightly curved around the horizontal sides of the device. The rear of the device is coated in a glass weave material.
Users can slide out its screen to reveal a hardware keyboard. Similarly to the BlackBerry Passport, the keyboard is touch-sensitive. It registers sliding gestures across its keys for scrolling, text selection, and autocomplete suggestions. It features a Schneider-Kreuznach® certified 18 MP dual-flash camera which has been engineered to deliver professional looking photos with minimal effort. The camera is equipped with a range of professional settings, including live colour filters and exposure control. Features like Phase Detection Auto Focus, OIS, and a dual-colour flash are designed to help the camera focus instantly and accurately, deliver feedback quickly, and capture blur-free, realistic looking photos, even in low light.
An app called DTEK allows you to view a summary of the phone’s level of security based on basic best practices such as whether or not beneficial screen locking or dangerous developer mode are enabled. It also provides notifications when apps attempt to access sensitive information or permissions.
The Priv integrates with the pre-existing Android for Work suite. BlackBerry 10 devices will continue to co-exist alongside the Priv.
PC Magazine noted that this smartphone has “some complex animations and missed touch or typing inputs that might make you feel like it is”.
The PRIV camera is engineered to deliver professional looking photos with minimal effort. With an 18 MP dual-flash camera, certified by Schneider-Kreuznach, it integrates technologies commonly found in professional DSLR cameras.
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Blackberry Priv. Credit photo: ca.blackberry.com