It looks like the BlackBerry Priv turned out to be a success as the Canadian phone maker has pushed back the smartphone’s shipping date.
Ships on the 30th of November
Earlier, BlackBerry UK said that the Priv would ship to buyers who pre-ordered the device starting on the 9th of November. It seems, however, that buyers around the world were eager to get their hands on the high-end Android-powered slider, as Blackberry UK now says that the smartphone will start shipping to buyers starting on the 30th of November.
If it’s only now that you’re hearing about the BlackBerry Priv, the smartphone rocks a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). This works out to a pixel density of 540 ppi. Underneath the keyboard slides out a physical QWERTY keyboard. If you prefer a virtual keyboard, the Priv offers this too. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor (two cores clocked at 1.8 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.44 GHz, and an Adreno 418 GPU to handle graphics), coupled with 3 GB of RAM. 32 GB of internal storage is on board, but, if this isn’t enough, the Priv does support microSD cards (as much as 2 TB). For your photography needs, the Priv features an 18-megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach rear-facing camera with optical image stabilisation that can record 4K videos. A 2-megapixel front-facing camera is in charge of snapping selfies and video chat. Keeping the lights on is a colossal 3,410 mAh battery that offers 22.5 hours of battery life (mixed use).
If you’re a hardcore BlackBerry fan, you’ll be thrilled to know that the BlackBerry Priv comes with Blackberry Hub. BlackBerry Hub is a feature that allows users find all of their messages, email, interactions via social media, and so much more in one convenient place.
The BlackBerry Priv offers a new security system called DTEK. It is an early warning system that alerts you if your privacy has been compromised. Not only does the system monitor your smartphone, it also alerts you when you are at risk. Lastly, it offers suggestions on how to make your smartphone more secure.
Since Google has now started to push Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out, you may be wondering when the Priv will get the update. BlackBerry execs failed to mention when exactly the slider will get Marshmallow treatment, but they did promise that the update would roll out to the device “sometime in the new year.”
The BlackBerry Priv (SIM free) is available from BlackBerry UK for £559.00 (VAT included).
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