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A New Hands-On Gives A Great Look At The BlackBerry Priv

A New Hands-On Gives A Great Look At The BlackBerry Priv

Here we go again, yet another early look at BlackBerry’s upcoming Priv smartphone has hit the web, this time by the guys over at This time around, though the hands-on with the Priv is a bit more up close and personal, offering up some close up images of the device itself as well as some of the first image samples taken by the device. But before getting into this, we would like to mention that the BlackBerry Priv that was used in this hands-on was pre-release hardware and not a finalized product. Meaning that the way the device looks and performs could change between now and upon its official release to the public.

First up is the physical appearance of the Priv. This hands-on gives us arguably the best look at the hardware of the device and it’s definitely not just another BlackBerry or Android phone. In fact, the Priv seems to utilize the best of both worlds with a beautiful, curved 2k display like some Android phones and, of course, that legendary hardware keyboard from BlackBerry phones. Speaking of that downward-sliding keyboard, the guys at had this to say about it, “It gives a very sturdy impression. The little gap between keyboard and the actual body, however, tends to accumulate dust and dirt.” A couple of other notable physical features of the device are its front-facing speakers and rear camera hump.

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Obviously the prime feature of the Blackberry Priv is the physical keyboard.

Then we have the specs of the Priv, which are by no means anything to scoff at. The Priv is packing a 5.4-inch 2k display with a slight curve on both sides, similar to but not as dramatic as the Samsung Galaxy Edge devices. Moving on from the display, the Priv includes a Snapdragon 808, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 18 MP rear camera, and 5 MP front camera. Also included in the Priv is LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, and NFC. All of these specs put the BlackBerry Priv up there with some of the top-of-the-line Android flagship smartphones.

Now let’s take a moment to discuss the part of the Priv that is becoming increasingly important in the smartphone world, the camera. Unfortunately, according to this hands-on there is nothing special about the Priv’s camera that makes it stand-out from the crowd. “The camera left a good, but not overwhelming, impression.” Whoever tested the camera on the pre-release Priv said that like a majority of other smartphones, the camera performed well in situations with a lot of daylight but as soon as you get into low-light situations that changes quickly, despite having optical image stabilization. You can take a look at the four camera samples yourself below.

All in all, it seems that the BlackBerry Priv will be a pretty good smartphone upon release. It contains some very nice specs, good-looking hardware, and that amazing BlackBerry keyboard that we are all so nostalgic about. With a mix of Android and BlackBerry included in not only the hardware side of things but in the software side of things as well, the Priv will offer up an interesting take on a smartphone that many people have been waiting for forever. Becuase of this there is no doubt that the Priv will sell well.

Source: Via: Android Central


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