BlackBerry Priv First Look : Seems to be Unique

BlackBerry Priv detailed specifications
Release date October 2015
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 147.00 x 77.20 x 9.40
Weight (g) 192.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3410
Removable battery No
Colours Black
SAR value NA
Screen size (inches) 5.40
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1440×2560 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 540
Processor 1.44 GHz Hexa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 2000
Rear camera 18-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 2-megapixel
Operating System Android 5.1.1
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10
Infrared No
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

We all are already knows the fact that Blackberry is the company that had been ruled over smartphone market but now the time is changed. The smartphone market is now captured by Android smartphones.
Now Blackberry also wanted to make its roots strong in smartphone market. In this sence the company had recently launched Android smartphone Blackberry Priv. As we are fimilar with the fact the Android and iOS had taken the race of smartphone market to another level leaving behind the company like Blackberry and Nokia.
Not too long ago, BlackBerry was in another transition, moving away from its ‘Classic’ OS to a newer operating system designed with touch devices in mind. It’s safe to say that BlackBerry 10 failed to take off in any meaningful way, and while the Priv does not represent another transition in the same way that BB10 did – the company will continue to make smartphones based on its own OS – it says a lot about the state of BlackBerry that it’s launching an Android phone in a bid to stay relevant.
At the launched event , as I expect, the common question asked that why Blackberry had done so much delay in launching an Android phone as we can say that best time for Android smartphone was past over. The company had given the answer of this question very lightly by saying that they do not wanted to be one more “me too” in Android smartphone series. The company strongly says there smartphone is unique among all of other Android smartphone. The company waited till the right time, and they say how BlackBerry Priv is different from other Android phones.
Whether BlackBerry waited too long before taking the plunge is the topic of another day, so let’s give you over initial thoughts about the device itself. At first impression, the Priv looks normal just like any other touchscreen phone and, indeed, you can use it just like that without realising there’s a slide-out keyboard underneath which us very interesting and  increase its look too much. A physical keypad underneath a touchscreen sounds awkward on paper, but BlackBerry has managed to implement it with a lot of polish, in a package that’s surprisingly thin and light, especially when you consider there’s a large 3410mAh battery on the inside.
The BlackBerry Priv keyboard looks similar and very familiar four rows of keys and the keys seemed to have a good feel in the rather limited time. BlackBerry also made a few tweaks to make navigation easier while you use the keyboard.
The BlackBerry Priv runs Android 5.1.1 which according to us is not a very good choice because as we had already said in our previous post that if 6.0 Marshmallow is used then it would be better choice and the UI will look familiar enough to existing Android users, whom the company says it is targeting with the smartphone. Concepts like BlackBerry company have been borrowed from BB10 OS, and while it’s just a swipe gesture away, it obviously doesn’t feel as integrated here as it does on BlackBerry’s own OS.
We already know that Blackberry handsets are known for its high security.  The company  says it has done in a bid to make the OS more secure, the biggest consumer-centric facing change in this regard is an app called DTEK. This app gives an overall security status of your phone which user had seen in older Blackberry smartphone, which sounds as useful as the terror threat level that the US government used to share a few years back, but there are some other features that may prove to be more useful. This really can make the phone incredible.
The biggest shock for us to hear its price. The BlackBerry Priv has been priced in India at Rs. 62,990(969$), which makes it more expensive than as we look its design much every other smartphone out there. The pricing suggests Blackberry Priv may not be success in India. To know that weather the Blackberry Priv is good for value for money or not , stay tuned with FoneTips.

What is custom ROM?
ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.

The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with many new features :

  • Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
  • Better RAM Management.
  • Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
  • It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
  • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
  • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
  • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
  • See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
  • New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
  • SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
  • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
  • and other cool features.
If you want to install using your PC, you need the ADB tools installed on your computer. Download the ADB tools via Google’s developers website and download the Android SDK. Downloading the SDK and making sure ADB is correctly set up.

Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Step 1:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.


Step 2:

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.



Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.

Step 3:

Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.


Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1




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