The most anticipated BlackBerry Priv was launched in India. The smartphone will soon be around in stores across India with a price tag of Rs. 62,990 from January 30. The BlackBerry Priv will also be available to purchase via resellers and Blackberry authorized partners including its online partner, Amazon at the same time.
As you probably thinking, that price tag is way more expensive, the company stated the increase of Rs. 13,000 on the original price is due to added taxes. Narendra Nayak, Managing Director o BlackBerry India, says, “There will be no price cuts in the near future.”
The hardware of the device is paired with a tweaked Android version to make it a safe Android mobile. It runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The company also said that it is going to release software patch on a monthly basis to fight against malware on Android. The new pop-up widgets offers quick function apps to users right from the home screen.
Despite being Android-based, the Priv still gets the first BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Calendar, along with the iconic physical QWERTY keyboard, though there’s also an option to make use of a virtual keyboard.
The mobile has a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with 3GB RAM and Adreno 418 GPU. The Priv has a 5.4-inch (2560X1440) dual-curve OLED display and comes with 32GB of internal storage with expansion support up to 2TB, an 18 MP rear camera and a 2MP from camera. The device has a massive 3410mAh battery.
The company stated that the device was designed with customer privacy and security protection in mind. A preloaded BlackBerry’s DTEK app that monitors your mobile in real-time and provides you with a security score. In addition, it also looks at things suck as your display lock, which pops up a notification when an app attempts to get your contacts or turn in your mic or camera. They have also provided factory reset protection to prevent unauthorized users from wiping your data. The company says, this handset was built on BlackBerry’s legacy of security and privacy protection of its customers. It has features like Advanced Privacy Controls, Verified Boot, Secure Bootchain and Secure Hardware.
BlackBerry also injects cryptographic keys to the unit hardware, making the whole platform more protected. Keys are embedded to check every layer of these devices from hardware to OS to apps so that you can ensure they haven’t been tampered with. The Priv also completely supports BlackBerry’s Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, which offers cross platform direction of Priv, supplying a complete end to end security option and protected cooperation programs for business users.
Just curious, would you consider buying BlackBerry Priv for this price tag?