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Today, there are smartphones to suit everyone’s budget.

Android and Windows handsets are made available by various leading manufacturers like Sony, LG, Samsung, and others. Apart from these, there are manufacturers like Apple and Blackberry who offer handsets with their own operating system and hardware configuration. How would it be to own a device which is a combination of these two options? Although a bit highly priced, the Blackberry PRIV is one such smartphone. Announced in October 2015 and released a month later in November, this black colored handset from Blackberry is an Android smartphone! Interestingly, this nano-SIM device has a standard Blackberry four-row QWERTY sliding keyboard and also a touchscreen. Read on to know more about this interesting gadget.

Android and Windows handsets are made available by various leading manufacturers like Sony, LG, Samsung, and others. Apart from these, there are manufacturers like Apple and Blackberry who offer handsets with their own operating system and hardware configuration. How would it be to own a device which is a combination of these two options? Although a bit highly priced, the Blackberry PRIV is one such smartphone. Announced in October 2015 and released a month later in November, this black colored handset from Blackberry is an Android smartphone! Interestingly, this nano-SIM device has a standard Blackberry four-row QWERTY sliding keyboard and also a touchscreen. Read on to know more about this interesting gadget.

Design, Body Material, Dimensions and Weight

The Blackberry PRIV sports the typical candy bar form factor with sharp corners and the typical silver colored Blackberry logo on the rear panel. Housing a plastic body, the handset is fairly large with a size of 147.0 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm. If you think that the device is lightweight owing to the plastic body material, it is time for you to think again. The gadget is slightly bulky with a weight of very slightly more than 190g.

Screen Display and Pixel Resolution & Density



Blackberry has opted for an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display for its 5.4-inch screen accounting for 71.9% screen-to-body ratio. Interestingly, although the device by itself has sharp ends, the QHD panel has dual curved ends to portray app shortcuts, display notifications of incoming actions, or keep track of missed calls. The pixel resolution and density are also pretty decent for the screen size with a pixel resolution of 2560 x 1440 and a pixel density of approximately 540ppi. Added to this, the manufacturer has taken efforts to eliminate scratches on the screen by making use of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 scratch-resistant glass.

Camera

The primary camera in Blackberry PRIV has undergone some major enhancements when compared to earlier Blackberry smartphones. The handset sports an 18MP primary rear camera with dual-LED dual tone flash, 4896 x 3672 image resolution and 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution.  This camera can also record videos of 2160p @30fps and 1080p @60fps. Key highlights of this snapper are the inclusion of six-element lens and Schneider-Kreuznach optics. It supports almost all essential features such as phase and face detection, optical and digital image stabilization, geo-tagging, HDR, autofocus, panorama, continuous shooting, auto and touch focus, digital zoom, and more. Unfortunately, the sore point in the camera department is the secondary front snapper. This is a very ordinary 2MP camera with 1600 x 1200 image resolution and 1280 x 720 video resolution. The snapper is capable of shooting 720p videos.

Hardware, Software and Storage Memory

The Blackberry PRIV houses a six-core Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset, a six-core processor that is actually a 1.8GHz dual core processor and a 1.44GHz quad core processor, and an Adreno 418 GPU. The device comes with a 3GB RAM and an internal storage of 32GB. Although the available storage space is limited, the handset does not let you down and allows you to expand this to a maximum limit of 200GB using memory cards.

The gadget comes loaded with Adroid Lollipop loaded (v5.1.1). However, it allows you to upgrade to the current Marshmallow thus giving the user the advantage of the operating system’s security updates.

Battery

The device is loaded with a fairly powerful non-removable 3,410 mAh lithium-polymer battery. The battery renders a maximum of 24 hours 3G talk time, 420 hours 3G standby time, and 73 hours music play time. When the device was subject to camera tests for both photos and audios, the battery demonstrated an endurance rating of 62 hours.

An interesting point to be noted is that the battery in the Blackberry PRIV supports quick charging option. In other words, if your device runs out of juice, using this functionality, you can charge your battery up to 60% in just half an hour. This can be of great help in times of an emergency. Wireless charging is another option available.

When the battery is being charged, you will see a long vertical line along the length of the screen on its border. The line appears red, yellow or green depending on the battery level in your handset. If the battery is really low, the line is red in color. The yellow line indicates a moderate amount of charge and the green line appears if the device has three-fourths to full charge.

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