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Blackberry Priv FAQ, Pros, Cons, User Queries and Answers

Blackberry has finally launched its first Android smartphone in India, it is the Blackberry Priv. The company tried putting their own Blackberry 10 OS, which definitely had some good ideas but wasn’t enough to impress the different consumer groups. In an unexpected move from the company, it has now turned to Android OS for their latest smartphone.

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With the Priv, Blackberry has merged the flexibility and vast app support of Android with its authentic security strengths and Qwerty keyboard design. Let us find out what else does the phone has inside.

Blackberry Priv Pros

  • Touch sensitive QWERTY physical keyboard
  • SmartSlide technology
  • 5.4 inch curved display
  • Premium design and built
  • 3410 mAh battery
  • QC 2.0 fast charging
  • Useful Android customizations

Blackberry Priv Cons

  • 2 MP selfie camera
  • Comes with hefty price tag
  • Non-removable battery
  • Bulky

Blackberry Priv Hands On [Video]

Blackberry Priv Quick Specifications

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Question- How is Design and Build Quality?

Answer- Blackberry Priv stays true to the company’s aesthetic and core design, it comes with a business-like look and feel with rounded corners of the screen and the sliding physical keyboard. The phone looks very different from other Android flagships we have seen so far. The body is made out of plastic works but it is a good quality material and feels sturdy enough and well put together for the most part. The material used on back is a bit on the softer side and will be prone to scratching over time. Overall, a good design but we expected a lot better materials and crafting at this price point.

Blackberry Priv Photo Gallery

Question- Does the Blackberry Priv Have Dual SIM Slots?

Answer- No, it has just one nano- SIM slot.

Question- Does the Blackberry Priv Have microSD Expansion option?

Answer- Yes, the Blackberry Priv has a separate slot for microSD expansion, it can support up to 200 GB microSD.

Question- Does Blackberry Priv Have Display Glass Protection?

Answer- The Blackberry Priv comes with Gorilla Glass 4 display protection.

Question- How is the Display of the Blackberry Priv?

Answer- Priv comes with a 5.4-inch AMOLED display with a Quad HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 540 ppi. The display is really impressive; it displays accurate colour saturation and sharp text. The curve on the sides keep the whole device looking premium and sleek.

Question- Does Blackberry Priv Support Adaptive Brightness?

Answer- Yes, it supports adaptive brightness.

Question- Are navigation Buttons Backlit?

Answer- No, it does not have physical navigation buttons. It has on-screen navigation keys.

Question- Which OS Version, Type Runs on Phone?

Answer- It comes with the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Question- Is there any Finger Print Sensor, How Good or Bad It Is?

Answer- No, this phone does not have a fingerprint sensor.

Question- Is Fast Charging Supported in Blackberry Priv ?

Answer- Yes, it does support fast charging but the fast charger is not included in the box.

Question- How Much Free Internal Storage is Available to User?

Answer- Not available

Question- Can Apps be moved to SD card on Blackberry Priv?

Answer- Not available

Question- How Much Bloatware Apps are Pre-installed, Are They Removable?

Answer- Not available

Question- How Much RAM is Available on the first Boot?

Answer-Not available

Question- Does it have LED notification light?

Answer- Yes, it does have a LED notification light.

Question- Does it support USB OTG?

Answer- Yes, it supports USB OTG.

Question- Does Blackberry Priv offer theme options to choose from?

Answer- No, it does not offer theme options to change the look and feel of the interface.

Question- How loud is The Loudspeaker?

Answer- The speakers are placed at the bottom and they are quite loud and clear.

Question- How is the Call quality?

Answer- The call quality is good, the voice was clear and the network reception was also great.

Question- How good is The Camera Quality of the Blackberry Priv?

Answer- The rear has a 18 MP resolution camera with laser autofocus, with a OIS and dual-LED flash. It is capable of capturing good quality pictures in natural light, with crisp details and good colour production. OIS helps the shot look perfect and minimize the risk of accidental shakes.

The front camera is really a disappointment, it has 2 MP front camera module that is way too basic compared to the phones of this price range.

Question- Can we Play Full HD 1080p Videos on Blackberry Priv?

Answer- Yes, it is capable of playing Full HD videos.

Question- Can Blackberry Priv record slow motion & time-lapse videos?

Answer- No, it cannot record slow motion and time-lapse video.

Question- How is Battery Backup on Blackberry Priv?

Answer- Blackberry Priv comes with a big 3410 mAh battery which is pretty good for long-lasting backup. We could not test the battery till now but we will surely test the battery once we receive a review unit.

Question- What Color Variants Available for Blackberry Priv?

Answer– Till now, we have seen only the black colour variant.

Question- Can we set the display colour temperature on Blackberry Priv?

Answer- Yes, you can change display temperature.

Question- Is there any in-built power saver in the Blackberry Priv?

Answer- Yes, it has power saving modes for better power management.

Question- Which Sensors are available on Blackberry Priv?

Answer- It has Gyroscope, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer.

Question- What is the Weight of Blackberry Priv ?

Answer- It weighs 192 grams.

Question- What is the SAR Value of Blackberry Priv ?

Answer- The SAR values not available till now.

Question- Does It Support Tap Wake up Commands?

Answer- Yes, it supports double tap to wake up command.

Question- Does It Support Voice Wake up Commands?

Answer- No, it does not support voice wake up commands but it has pick to wake up function which automatically wakes up the screen when you pick up the device.

Question- Does Blackberry Priv Have Heating Issues?

Answer- We are not sure about it till now, we have not tested this device for a longer period till now.

Question- Can Blackberry Priv be connected to a Bluetooth Headset?

Answer- Yes, it can be connected to a Bluetooth headset.

Question- How is the Gaming Performance?

Answer- Priv is comes with a Snapdragon 808 processor and Adreno 418 GPU, this pair looks decent to run high end games on this device without a flaw. We will test the gaming capabilities of the device and will update this section soon.

Question- Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing Supported?

Answer- Yes, you can create hotspot to share internet from this device.


Blackberry Priv has a lot of things to love and does offer some privilege and extra privacy that Blackberry is known for. We liked the idea that Blackberry has implemented in the Priv but we are not happy with the price it comes for. At INR 62,990, the Blackberry Priv asks for too much with so many other great handsets already existing in lesser budget.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.