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Latest BlackBerry Priv Leaks: New Pictures And Pre-Production Unit Review

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That BlackBerry has a new smartphone in the works - the BlackBerry Priv - is no secret and while the Canadian company released official pictures in September, new images of the pre-production unit have emerged online.

Even though one has been privy to the images and videos of the BlackBerry Priv, this time one also gets a peek into the features and specifications of the impending handset.

The leaked images of the BlackBerry Priv are courtesy of by the enterprising folks at derStandard.at publication who obtained the pre-production unit and carried out a mini review of the smartphone.

For the unfamiliar, the Blackberry Priv is the first Android-powered phone from the company and as the name suggests, it will be a privacy-oriented handset. The smartphone seems to made of a mixed material that imbibes Kevlar. Unfortunately, this imparts a rubbery and not premium feel to the handset. However, the plus of the material is that one can grip the massive smartphone easily, which should hold good for single-handed use.

The BlackBerry Priv is expected to feature a 5.4-inch qHD screen with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution, which is curved. The folks at derStandard.at reveal that the handset has 554ppi.

A powerful hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor will power the smartphone. This is the same processor which fuels the LG G4. The Priv notched up 46,000 on AnTuTu, which puts the smartphone ahead of the OnePlus One and HTC M8. However, the reviewers noticed lags and stuttering.

The handset will reportedly pack an 18MP Schneider-Kreuznach rear-facing camera that will offer support for dual-LED flash, OIS and fast focus. The BlackBerry Priv is also said to sport a 5MP selfie camera. The primary camera apparently protrudes from the flat rear according to the review.

The storage capacity of the device is 32GB of which 22GB is free per the reviewers and it will have an expandable memory option via a microSD card. The BlackBerry Priv has 3GB of RAM per the unit's reviewers.

The handset also comes with an integrated keyboard, but the gap between the phone's body and the keyboard is not desirable and could result in grime collecting.

"The keyboard is integrated via a slider mechanism on the lower side. It gives a very sturdy impression. The little gap between keyboard and the actual body, however, tends to accumulate dust and dirt," note the reviewers.

The BlackBerry Priv will also support for Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, USB 2.0 and NFC. It will come pre-loaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and its UI bears a semblance to "pure Android for most parts."

It is important to remember that this is merely a pre-production unit and the final version could have several tweaks in place, possibly new features too.

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