While looking forward to buying a new smartphone at the end of the year, I would have never considered Blackberry’s name. But here is something interesting that the Canadian company has been cooking in its headquarters.
The Blackberry Priv An Android OS Based Smartphone which comes with a physical keyboard and a slider. I all these months have never thought of having something with an actual keypad to type and a cute slider.
The name Blackberry Priv comes from the exceptional security and privacy features that Blackberry smartphones offer. Hence known as Priv.
Blackberry’s Chief Executive Officer John Chen, showcased the smartphone in a video to the CNN’s Amber Kanwar.
Blackberry is taking an approach with which they plan to bring the best of All worlds to the buyers.
In the past, Blackberry’s own OS was not able to attract many App developers and open source community to make Apps, they needed Android 3 years back and so did Nokia. The realization has come very late, but now it is a fresh start with Blackberry Priv, which runs on the Android Lollipop.
There were earlier rumors of a Blackberry Venice Smartphone with a slider running Android Lollipop, most likely Priv was codenamed Venice.
The smartphone also brings the best keypad which Blackberry is known for and a large touch screen if you plan to use the smartphone beyond replying to clients all day.
There are hardcore Blackberry fans which would love to have the Android OS along with the physical keypad to write long emails which are way more comfortable if you have blackberry keyboard.
The showcase video showed Chen using the Google browser and also on the front screen there are Google Apps and Playstore shortcuts installed along with the BBM (blackberry messenger).
Blackberry CEO Chen confirmed that the smartphone would be available in stores before the end of this year. It is likely that Blackberry unveils the smartphone in November and it can go for sale before the US holiday season.
Chen also confirmed that Blackberry is not ending support for the Blackberry 10 OS, but will release the new update BBOS 10.3.3 in march 2016.
Chen did not reveal the smartphone specs and details, however, earlier leaks suggest that the smartphone is going to have a 5.4-inch screen with Quad-HD resolution (2560*1440).
The smartphone will run on the HexaCore Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz. It will come with 3 GB of RAM.
Further, it may come with 32 GB of internal storage and will also have high speed 4G LTE connectivity.
The smartphone will have an 18 Megapixel primary camera and a 5 MP front camera to capture selfies.
Blackberry would be marketing the smartphone as the Flagship smartphone to compete with Samsung and Apple. It has been a while since we have seen a blackberry smartphone launch the last one we had was the Blackberry Classic a 4G LTE smartphone.
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