The Canadian manufacturer had a hard period, with slow sales, because more people have turned their attention to the Android devices which support lots of applications and BlackBerry has only 260.000 applications in its Blackberry World, which were developed for BlackBerry 10 OS. In the end, BlackBerry decided to make a smartphone that will run on Android, and Priv is the first model which comes loaded with 5.1.1 (Lollipop). We’ll compare this phone with Samsung’s Galaxy S6, which was released in April, with an overhauled design.
Designs and Displays
The BlackBerry Priv was released this month and it features a slide out keyboard, which hides under the screen and has four rows of keys. The physical keyboard is a reminiscence of the old BlackBerry phones, which were very popular years ago, when everyone was obsessed with BBM Channels, where they chatted with their friends. The BlackBerry Priv has also a large capacitive touchscreen using Samsung’s AMOLED technology and it has a diagonal of 5.4-inch, while it supports a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 540 ppi. The screen is slightly curved on both sides and one of them shows the amount of charge available in the battery when it’s charging. The device is quite thick (9.4mm) and it has a back made of fiberglass with a textured finish which makes it less slippery.
The Galaxy S6 will impress you with its shinny glass back, which replaced the cheap looking dotted pattern on S5’s plastic rear panel. Samsung replaced the frame as well, with a metal one and integrated the Samsung Pay payment option inside the fingerprint scanner. The device has a thickness of only 6.8mm and it sports a smaller 5.1-inch Super AMOLED which supports the same resolution, but which offers a higher pixel density of 577ppi.
The Galaxy S6 is clearly faster with its 14nm Exynos 7420 octa core processor clocked at 2.1GHz, which is backed by a Mali-T760MP8 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Inside the Priv was placed a weaker Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor which runs at 1.8GHz with an Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB of RAM.
The Priv allows you to expand its internal memory from 32GB up to 200GB, while the Galaxy S6 has fixed storage of 32/64/128 GB.
Cameras and Batteries
The main camera of the Priv supports 18MP and OIS and has Schneider-Kreuznach optics with phase detection autofocus, while the secondary camera supports 2MP. The Galaxy S6 has a 16MP Sony IMX240 camera sensor with OIS and autofocus, while the front camera supports 5MP.
Blackberry included a non-removable 3420mAh battery which lasts for over 22 hours of mixed use, while the Galaxy S6 houses a 2550 mAh battery which supports Qi charging.