A BlackBerry phone that runs Google’s hallowed Android operating system? It’s a concept that seems like the stuff of fantasy to most mobile consumers. But PRIV by BlackBerry makes this seemingly impossible match a dizzying reality.
PRIV is a typically well-engineered BlackBerry’s handset, complete with a signature physical keyboard and best-in-class security and privacy. But it was designed from the ground up to run the most popular mobile operating system on the planet and provide access to the biggest app store available.
Now you don’t have to choose between what you want and what you need. PRIV by BlackBerry really is the best of both worlds.
A Zen-Like Melding of Form and Function
PRIV is a gorgeous and slender Android touchscreen phone with a beautifully engineered 5.4-inch curved-edge display. It also happens to have a super-handy sliding BlackBerry keyboard tucked below. Pop the physical keyboard from its recess and the touch keyboard will disappear, freeing up a big chunk of screen real estate. It’s a perfect marriage of form and function.
BlackBerry, Meet Android Freedom
This phone doesn’t run a dumbed-down version of Android. PRIV comes with Android OS version 5.1.1 (a.k.a. Lollipop) in all its user-empowering glory, and provides full access to Google Play’s unparalleled selection of apps, including Spotify, Uber, Instagram and BBM. Android users who have invested heavily in Google’s ecosystem will feel right at home here.
Android, Meet BlackBerry Security
PRIV takes your privacy very seriously. BlackBerry’s famous security systems take extra steps to monitor and authenticate access to both your phone and your data. Plus, DTEK by BlackBerry provides a dashboard where you can control which apps have access to the PRIV’s microphone, camera, location and personal information. It’s like having a little vault in your pocket.
And a Mighty-Fine Camera, to Boot
BlackBerry went all out on the PRIV’s Schneider-Kreuznach-certified 18-MP picture popper. DSLR-like functions – including exposure control and colour filters – are paired with user-friendly features such as optical image stabilization and phase-detection auto focus to help you snap clear, professional-quality photos without even thinking.
At a Glance
5.4-inch curved-edge display – 1440x2560 pixels worth of Samsung-engineered digital clarity
Snapdragon 808 chipset – Dual-core/quad-core processor is terrific for multitasking and rendering 3D images
3410 mAh battery – An all-day battery to ensure you can enjoy all-day productivity
18-MP camera – Featuring dual LED flash technology for natural tones in dark environments