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.
|Release date||November 6th, 2015|
|Dimension||147 (184 opened) x 77.2 x 9.4 mm|
|Connectivity||GSM, HSPA, LTE, Nano-SIM, Bluetooth v4.1|
|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|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
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.