BlackBerry has launched its first smartphone running the Android operating system.
It is a new approach for the company which has struggled to attract customers to its own operating system, BB10.
BlackBerry said its new device, Priv, was designed to offer customers improved security over rival Android handsets.
“Coming with a device that tries to address security on Android is a good idea, but may have been better three years ago,” said Francisco Jeronimo, research director for industry analysts IDC.
“It will be difficult to regain clients who have already moved to other handsets, and it’s quite an expensive device.
|Network||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Status||Available. Released 2015, November|
|Body||Dimensions||147 x 77.2 x 9.4 mm (5.79 x 3.04 x 0.37 in)|
|Weight||192 g (6.77 oz)|
|– Capacitive touch 4-row BlackBerry keyboard|
|Display||Type||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.4 inches (~71.9% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~540 ppi pixel density)|
|Multitouch||Yes, up to 10 fingers|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|– Curved edge screen|
|Platform||OS||Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Memory||Card slot||microSD, up to 200 GB|
|Internal||32 GB, 3 GB RAM|
|Camera||Primary||18 MP, Schneider-Kreuznach optics, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Secondary||2 MP, 720p|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Comms||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS|
|USB||microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort 4K)|
|Features||Sensors||Accelerometer, altimeter, gyro, ToF proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Optional Wireless Charging (Qi/PMA-enabled)
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player
– MP4/H.264 player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
|Battery||Li-Ion 3410 mAh battery|