BlackBerry Just Got Resurrected

It is back in the game and this time, it has jumped on to the Android train

The prince of Smartphones is back, this time with more features than just a QWERTY keyboard to excite. For those who have missed pressing physical buttons when texting or crafting an email, PRIV is here to entice you with a full QWERTY keyboard like its previous models.

Measuring 147 (or 184 when the QWERTY keyboard is open) x 77.2 x 9.4mm, the PRIV boasts a 5.4” dual-curved, 2560 x 1440 resolution Corning Gorilla Glass 4 OLED display – similar to Samsung’s S6 Edge but slightly larger. PRIVE runs on Android 5.5.1 Lollipop, the PRIV is powered by Qualcomm 8992 Snapdragon 808 Hexa-Core.

One great feature about the PRIV is that unlike most Smartphones now, it still retains the-super-useful removable SD card slot that can read up to 2TB. It has an internal memory of 32GB and had 3GB worth of RAM which is more than sufficient to run emails, social media applications and games.

Camera wise, the PRIV has a 2MP front-facing camera and an 18MP rear-facing camera. Let’s start with the rear-facing camera. It is capable of the usual Auto-Focus, Optical Image Stabilization and HDR. What is really interesting to note is its 4K video recording capability and dual-tone flash. Its front-facing camera is low on specifications (somewhat disappointing), only 2MP worth but it has a Selfie Panorama feature for when you want to capture the landscape behind you as well.

On to its all-important security features. Being a BlackBerry, it has one of the most advanced security systems a Smartphone can have. In PRIV, it has an in-built security mobile application named DTEK. What DTEK does is it monitors and generates reports on the security of your device, keeping your device safe like it should be.

The Pros

  • Battery – PRIVE has a ridiculous large battery capacity of 3410mAh, which is definitely an eye-catcher. To put things into perspective, Samsung’s Note 5 has a battery capacity of only 3000mAh. If you are an ex-BlackBerry user, you would know that battery life has always been a problem. Fingers crossed for PRIV to break that curse!
  • Screen – It has a large 5.4” dual-curve OLED display! Need we say more? (The dual-edge might sound familiar to you because it is similar to what you see on Samsung’s Edge Plus)
  • Security – Always has been and always will be BlackBerry’s one true unique feature. Have control of your Smartphone’s privacy like no other, this DTEK application created by BlackBerry will ensure your private files remain private. It will provide real-time reporting and constant monitoring on all mobile applications in your PRIV.

The Cons

  • Thickness – With great QWERTY physical button goodness comes thickness. The QWERTY keyboard slides out at the bottom and because of that it is a little thicker as compared to your Samsung or Apple.
  • Front-Facing Camera – 2MP, that is all there is. We understand that PRIV is built for business rather than leisure, but really? 2MP is hardly enough for even the basic selfie!

Availability And Price

The BlackBerry PRIV which only comes in Black (because BlackBerry) has already been launched in the US, Canada and certain parts of Europe. PRIV will be available in Singapore at all authorised distributors from 12th December onward, with a price tag of US$780 (SG$1098).



By Geralyne Kaye / December 3, 2015 10:52PM GMT+8


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