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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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