Not long ago, BlackBerry confirmed that an Android powered smartphone called “Priv,” also referred widely as “Venice,” is under development. It is a huge deal because the Canadian tech giant -- for the first time in its history -- will be using Google’s Android operating system to drive the flagship devic, instead of the company's own security-focused BlackBerry 10.3 OS.
In addition to Android, the newly leaked images of the BlackBerry Priv also confirm some of the key specifications and features that are expected to be included in the upcoming phone.
According to the BlackBerry dedicated site N4BB, the new BlackBerry Priv will be powered by a hexa-core 64-bit processor and the chipset is believed to be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808. The graphics side of things will be taken care of by Adreno 418 GPU.
One of the images also confirmed that the device would flaunt an improved 18-megapixel rear-facing camera unit from Schneider Kreuznach. This unit reportedly comes with 4K video recording capability.
Apart from shedding light on the processor and camera units, the report also said that the BlackBerry Priv will come bundled with a new security app called “BlackBerry Safeguard,” which will apparently display the handset's security status. Interestingly, the same app will let the Priv users to check out what other apps do with the information collected from the device.
In addition, users will also be allowed to set a “pattern-based” screen lock, developer options and it can scan the handset for viruses and malwares, among others, GSM Arena reported. Lastly, the device will apparently run on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS.
Speaking of BlackBerry Priv release date, the handset will reportedly hit the store shelves sometime in November. However, the device will be made available across the globe in the first quarter of 2016, N4BB reported.