BlackBerry s forthcoming Android smartphone is among the worst kept secrets, and numerous leaks have given us a fair idea of what to expect from the smartphone. Last week, CEO John Chen confirmed that the company s first Android smartphone will be called BlackBerry Priv, and now he has given us a hands-on look at it. Also Read - Blackberry 5G smartphone 2021 comeback confirmed again, to bring physical keyboardsAlso Read - Blackberry is coming back once more, will debut in 2021 with a flagship keyboard phone
Speaking to BNN s Amber Kanwar, Chen gave a close look at the BlackBerry Priv. The smartphone s homescreen features a mixture of BlackBerry and Google apps. The smartphone features the standard Android on-screen buttons and is expected to run on Android Lollipop out-of-the-box. Chen faced some trouble when trying to run the Chrome app, which means the handset in the video could be a demo unit, but this is by far the best look we have got at the Priv. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
Also seen clearly in the video is the much talked-about sliding QWERTY keypad. Just like the BlackBerry Passport, the QWERTY keyboard on the Priv too supports capacitive touch to scroll through the page. This feature can come handy while surfing the web.
BlackBerry Priv specifications and features: From what we have seen far, Priv is expected to flaunt a 5.5-inch QHD display, and powered by a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core chipset.
It is also expected to feature 3GB of RAM, 18-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5-megapixel front facing selfie unit.