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