[Photo from Blackberry]
Blackberry has a new phone, and it could be the best they’ve ever made in years yet. But
Blackberry fans around the world may have to wait a little longer as it is still in question if the device will be made available worldwide.

Named as the Blackberry Priv, the unique selling point of this latest Blackberry flagship phone is the integration of its keyboard that many Blackberry fans adore. The users can choose to use the on-screen keyboard or switch it to the much loved physical keyboard by sliding the back of the phone down.

The screen has an AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, which should be pretty decent. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass curved edge screen that reminds me of the Windows phone I used to own. Hmm…

The Priv runs on Android OS 5.1.1 Lollipop, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, and has 3GB of RAM. As published on its website, the Priv is as secure as all their other smartphones. I believe it will also be running on the Blackberry OS. But personally I do not feel that it will affect your near-to-stock-Android experience.

Internal storage of the Priv is pretty decent at 32GB, with expandable storage of up to 200 GB with a microSD card. But do you really need so much space?

Blackberry has also taken the camera function more seriously this time around, giving the Priv an 18 megapixel lens with Schneider-Kreuznach optics. If you do not know, Schneider-Kreuznach specialises in the manufacturing of camera lenses. This means that you’ll get to take great quality photos, but the f-stop is still an unknown. My guess? 2.0, like the Blackberry Passport. The phone also comes with optical image stabilization and dual tone flash. But we all know that these should be a given.

Video capability could be a letdown to many videophiles as the Priv does not have the 4K function. What it does have is 2160p shooting at 30fps, and 1080p shooting at 60fps. On the bright side, the missing 4K function may mean a lower price tag.

The front-facing camera is not a wow factor as it has only a 2-megapixel lens that allows you to shoot 720p video. So if you are aspiring to be a YouTuber, please don’t embarrass yourself by using this to shoot your vlogs.

The battery life of the Blackberry Priv is great. It has a Li-Ion 3,410 mAh battery, which I think it will last you probably a good 2 days without charging but it depends on your usage too.

Pre-order for the Blackberry Priv is now available through Carphone Warehouse and the expected delivery date is 6 November. The official released date for Europe and Asia has not been confirmed. But based on experience, it will probably take about another month.

Above information is what I gathered from the GSM Arena website, the Blackberrywebsite and the Carphone Warehouse unboxing video. More details are rumored to be released later this week.

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