BlackBerry Priv Android Phone Launched in India at Rs 62,990
BlackBerry, the Canadian smartphone maker on Thursday launched the BlackBerry Priv in India, the first Android Operating System smartphone from the company. The BlackBerry Priv is launched at Rs. 62,990. The smartphone will be available from January 30, 2016.
The first Android smartphone from BlackBerry comes with some extra layer of security, which was originally launched by BlackBerry in western markets in November 2015. The BlackBerry Priv will come with the BlackBerry DTEK, which will scan every single app and the permissions it is taking from the user.
The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based BlackBerry Priv comes with a 5.4-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) AMOLED display and sports a pixel density of 540ppi. It is powered by a hexa-core (1.8GHz dual core + 1.44GHz quad core) Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 418 GPU.
The device features an 18-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilisation(OIS), PDAF, dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording. There is also a 2-megapixel front camera which offers HD video recording.
The BlackBerry Priv comes with 32GB of internal storage, of which 23.86GB is accessible. It features microSD card slot that will support up to 2TB. The BlackBerry Priv sports a jumbo 3410mAh battery. BlackBerry promises the battery life of 22.5 hours of mixed use. The phone has a large fast-charging battery though it doesn’t seem to support inductive charging. It measures in at 147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm and weighs 192g.
As for connectivity options, the BlackBerry Priv support 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with Direct functionality, Bluetooth 4.1, 3.5mm audio jack, Micro-USB, NFC, and GPS/ A-GPS. The smartphone bears an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, time of flight (ToF) sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, altimeter, and activity monitor.
Damien Tay, product manager for Blackberry, said the OS is closer to pure Android, but will come with add-ons like an on-demand widget and gestures. The phone will also offer the kind of services BlackBerry users are used to in the form of the Hub and better enterprise features. “We are looking for users who have multiple messaging platforms to cater to,” he added.