BlackBerry finally launched its hype machine, the Blackberry Priv in the Indian market. However, if you have been looking forward to buying this phone then you will have to come to terms with the rather steep(read insane) pricing. The phone is priced at INR 62,990 ($923) and will be available from 30th January.
As far as the specs are concerned, the BlackBerry Priv flaunts a large dual-curved 5.43-inch WQHD AMOLED display (~540ppi) with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on top. Under the hood ticks a 64-bit hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 418 GPU.
The new Priv has a physical keyboard, a rarity on Android phones these days. It looks like any other phone until you slide the keyboard out from the bottom, like a desk drawer. It’s an engineering feat given that the phone still feels thin, although it’s thicker than Samsung’s flagship phones and the iPhone.
An 18 MP dual-flash Schneider-Kreuznach certified camera is expected to deliver crisp images. The device has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 2TB via a microSD card slot. A 3410 mAh battery on the Priv gives up to 22.5 hours of battery life according to BlackBerry.
The device also pairs its hardware with a tweaked version of Android, to make it a secure Android phone. The company also stated that it will push a software patch every month to fight against malware on Android. The company’s Pop-up widgets offers users quick function apps right from the home screen without launching them.
The Priv is loaded with BlackBerry’s suite of applications like BBM, BBM Meetings, BlackBerry Camera, and BlackBerry Hub. It is pre-loaded with DTEK by BlackBerry that alerts users every time any application attempts to access data, or turn on the device’s microphone or camera.