BlackBerry has confirmed that it will launch an Android slider phone called "Priv" this year. The Canadian company will hope that the upcoming handset attracts many customers. However, the handset will face stiff competition from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 and Moto X 2014.
BlackBerry has not yet announced the technical specs of the Priv but rumors of the handset, formerly dubbed BlackBerry Venice, have been circling the smartphone market for many months.
Here is a comparison of the Galaxy S6, LG G4, Moto X 2014 and the rumored specs of BlackBerry Priv.
Screen and Display
Previous rumors have indicated that the Priv is estimated to feature a 5.4-inch QHD screen with 2,560 x 1,440 QHD pixels resolution.
The Galaxy S6 sports a 5.1-inch display and the LG G4 has a 5.5-inch screen. The display of both the handsets packs in the same pixels as the Priv.
The Moto X 2014 comes with a 5.2-inch display with 1,920 x 1080 pixels resolution.
A powerful hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset is expected to power the BlackBerry Priv. The same processor also powers the LG G4.
Under the hood of the Galaxy S6 is an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor clocked at 2.1GHz.
The Moto X 2014 runs on a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
The Galaxy S6 and the LG G4 are equipped with a 16MP rear-facing camera. The smartphones also have optical image stabilization (OIS) for reducing blurring of images. The Galaxy S6 has a 5MP front-facing camera and the LG G4 comes with an 8MP front camera.
The Moto X 2014 has a 13MP primary camera without OIS and a 2MP selfie camera.
The BlackBerry Priv is speculated to get an 18MP rear-facing camera with OIS and a 5MP front-facing camera.
The rear-facing camera of the Priv is better than the camera on any of the smartphones in the lot.
Storage and RAM
The Galaxy S6 is available in 32GB/64GB/128GB internal storage options and does not contain a microSD card slot. The handset has 3GB of RAM.
The LG G4 comes with 32GB on-board storage with the option to expand the memory to 2TB with a microSD card. The smartphone comes with 3GB of RAM.
The Moto X 2014 is offered in 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage versions. The memory cannot be expanded with a microSD card. The mobile phone includes 2GB of RAM.
The storage capacity of the Priv is not known but customers hope that the handset will be available with at least 16GB of internal memory. Previous rumors have indicated that the Priv will have a microSD card for expanding the memory and it will have 3GB of RAM.
The Galaxy S6 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop, LG G4 with Android 5.1 Lollipop and the Moto X 2014 with Android 4.4 KitKat straight out of the box.
The Priv will be the first BlackBerry handset to come running on Android and rumors suggest that the smartphone will come pre-installed with Android 5.1 Lollipop.
The specs of the upcoming BlackBerry Priv seem impressive enough to appeal to many customers. However, it remains to be seen if BlackBerry is able to regain some of its lost market share with the launch of the Priv this year.