BlackBerry Priv to get Marshmallow treatment next year

We know that the BlackBerry Priv, the Canadian phone maker’s new high-end slider, runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop), but, now that Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) is out, when will the latest version of Android roll out to the Priv? According to BlackBerry, sometime next year.

Marshmallow treatment


The news comes to us courtesy of AndroidCentral. In a recent interview with Ron Louks, BlackBerry President of Devices, and in a briefing with Gareth Hurn, BlackBerry Global Director of Device Portfolio Planning, Marshmallow will be rolling out to the Priv “sometime in the new year.” We know that this is pretty vague, but at least it is something to look forward to. So, until then, keep it here for further announcements.

To recap, the BlackBerry Priv sports 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. 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. 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). 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. Keeping the lights on is a colossal 3,410 mAh battery that offers 22.5 hours of battery life (mixed use).

BlackBerry fans will be thrilled to know that the BlackBerry Priv comes with Blackberry Hub on board, a feature that allows users find all of their messages, email, interactions via social media, and so much more.

The BlackBerry Priv also comes with top notch security called DTEK, which 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.

The BlackBerry Priv (SIM free) is available from BlackBerry UK for £559.00 (VAT included).

Have you gotten you hands on the BlackBerry Priv? Want to know when the Marshmallow update will be available for your smartphone? Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

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