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BlackBerry Priv vs. BlackBerry Passport, Classic and Leap – Best Specs and Features Comparison

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The BlackBerry Priv is the first Android device created by the Canadian company and this change could improve the sales performance and bring back BlackBerry to the top 10 smartphone makers in the world. We’ll compare this new model to other known smartphones running on BlackBerry OS and you’ll see how different this phone is.

Designs

The BlackBerry Leap is the only device without a QWERTY keyboard and it has a thickness of 9.5mm, while it weights 170grams. This device has sharp corners likewise the Priv device, but this model hides a keyboard under the large screen, which slides out thanks to the new mechanism from the bottom of the device. Also, the Priv is 9.4mm thick and weights 192 grams, but that’s because it’s also taller. The Passport and Classic models have a square display and a physical keyboard under it, with three rows of keys on the Passport (sharp corners) and fours rows of keys on the Classic. However, the Passport is the widest and kind of uncomfortable to hold BlackBerry device, measuring 90.3mm in width and 9.3mm in thickness, while it weights 196grams. The Classic is shorter, but much thicker at 10.2mm and it weights 177grams, but its rounded corners make it feel comfortable to hold.

The Leap has a plastic body, while the Pasport and Classic use a combination of plastic on the back and metal on the sides. The Priv comes with a rubberized carbon back cover and its display is surrounded by a metal frame.

Displays

The Priv has the largest screen, which is an AMOLED sized at 5.4-inch, which is very sharp thanks to its high resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 540 ppi. The Leap model comes next with a 5-inch screen supporting 720 x 1280 pixels at 294 ppi, while the Passport and Classic phones have square displays measuring 4.5-inch (1440x1440pixels at 453ppi) and 3.5-inch (720x720pixels at 294ppi).

Hardware

Both the Classic and Leap are powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait processor which is backed by Adreno 225 graphics and 2GB of RAM. Also, both models support an internal memory of 16GB, which benefits from the privilege to be expanded up to 128GB.

The Passport came in June 2014 with a 32bit Qualcomm MSM8974AA Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.26GHz Krait 400 processor which had a decent performance with an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

The Priv is as fast as the LG G4, because it uses the same hardware configuration consisting of a Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset which is powered by a dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57 CPU and a quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and the processor is backed by Adreno 418 graphics and 3GB of RAM. Both the Passport and Priv offer an internal memory of 32GB and they allow you to attach a microSD card in order to expand the capacity up to 128GB and 200GB respectively.

Batteries

Only the BlackBerry Priv comes with a removable battery and its capacity is 3410 mAh, being slightly smaller than Passport’s 3450 mAh battery. The Leap has a 2800mAh cell, which helps it last longer than the 2515 mAh battery which powers the Classic device.

Cameras

The cameras of the Classic and Leap are identical, supporting 8MP and 2MP respectively, and we don’t have many things to say about their features, as they offer only autofocus, LED flash, HDR and they’re capable of recording Full HD videos at 30fps.

The Passport has also a 2MP front camera, while the one on the back supports 13MP and has in addition optical image stabilization. The Priv is a better performer than its siblings, featuring a great 18MP main camera which uses Schneider-Kreuznach optics. The device is able to shoot 4K videos at 30fps and the images are less blurry thanks to the optical image stabilization feature. BlackBerry has added phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash to the list of features and without a doubt, the images have a higher quality.