Blackberry first Android smartphone now available for pre-order

Blackberry first Android smartphone is now available for pre-order and would go on sale November 6th in the UK. The device is stocked exclusively by Carphone Warehouse.

Earlier on Blackberry CEO, John Chen stated that the smartphone would focus more on privacy, that explains why Priv also introduces the exclusive DTEK, A pre-installed warning system app by BlackBerry which will provide additional level of privacy for its users, though details haven’t been made clear, BlackBerry confirmed the app can “provide you with the power of privacy”. The Priv runs on Android mobile operating system, a switch from their own Blackberry 10 OS which lacked apps, with Google OS, users can take full advantage of the numerous apps in Google Play Store.

Here are some of its specifications.

Technical Specifications

Model BlackBerry Priv
Release date November 6th, 2015
Dimension 147 (184 opened) x 77.2 x 9.4 mm
Weight 192g
Connectivity GSM, HSPA, LTE, Nano-SIM, Bluetooth v4.1
Battery Li-Ion 3,410mAh
Screen size The 5.4-inch Quad HD touchscreen
Display tech 540ppi AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Rear camera 18M, Schneider-Kreuznach optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Front camara 2 MP
Storage 32GB (MicroSD up to 2TB)
OS Android OS, 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
CPU 1.8GHz dual core + 1.44GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
GPU Adreno 418
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
USB microUSB v2.0

For now the Priv will be available in black starting from £49 a month on O2, Vodafone and EE. Lets hope this device will improve Blackberry smartphones sales which has been suffering, according to IDC its market-share has diminished to 0.3%. An Android powered device seems like a step-up in their game.

Android, Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. The early intentions of the company were to develop an advanced operating system for digital cameras. Though, when it was realized that the market for the devices was not large enough, the company diverted its efforts toward producing a smartphone operating system that would rival Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile. In July 2005, Google acquired Android Inc. for at least $50 million. The Android mobile operating system is currently developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

BlackBerry is a line of wireless handheld devices and services designed and marketed by BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited (RIM). Blackberry is considered one of the major smartphone vendors in the world, specializing in secure communications and mobile productivity. The name, BlackBerry, was chosen due to the resemblance of the keyboard’s buttons to that of the drupelets that compose the blackberry fruit.

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