The BlackBerry Priv – the first Android smartphone ever announced by BlackBerry has now officially reached its end of life. The Canadian smartphone manufacturer has announced that the smartphone will no longer get any more monthly security updates. However, the company will continue to offer support for critical security vulnerabilities and will also honour all current warranties. The Priv was an important handset for Blackberry and marked the end of their own BB10 operating system.
BlackBerry has also announced that it will introduce a trade-up program for current Priv customers as well as those who are using outdated BB10 and BBOS devices soon. The trade-up program will allow them to conveniently upgrade to a modern BlackBerry such as the KeyOne or Motion, hopefully at discounted prices.
BlackBerry said in a blog post – “When we introduced our first Android device more than 24 months ago, we committed to delivering 2 years of monthly software updates for the Priv. Having now stepped outside the original 2-year window, we will no longer be delivering monthly updates for the Priv moving forward,”
BlackBerry launched the Priv in India in early 2016 at a ridiculously high price of Rs 62,990. The Priv has since received numerous price cuts. The Priv came with an all-plastic build but was characteristic BlackBerry in that it came with a hardware 4-row QWERTY keyboard. The phone employed a slider mechanism wherein the keyboard stayed put underneath the main display at all times unless needed. A gentle slide out from the lower end of the screen pulled out the keyboard for all intends and purposes.
Hardware specs on the Priv included: a 5.4-inch Quad-HD AMOLED display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution, a 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable). The phone packed in an 18MP rear-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture lens and Schneider-Kreuznach optics. The camera was aided by Optical Image Stabilisation, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. There was also a 2MP camera on the front.
The single-SIM phone ran Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box and came with BlackBerry’s own secure and productivity modifications up top. The Priv came with a non-removable 3,410 mAh battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology.