BlackBerry Priv Will Receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow, But Not in a While
The much anticipated Android-powered BlackBerry Priv is finally official. It’s now available for pre-order from the company’s site, as well as offered by select retailers in the US. The handset runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and one thing a lot of users are concerned about is if and when the device will get the latest software updates.
Well, according to BlackBerry’s President of Devices Ron Louks, the company is targeting an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow “sometime in the new year.” Sure, that isn’t too specific, but atleast now we know that the Waterloo company is committed to deliver a full-fledge Android experience with its security-centered Priv.
Earlier, BlackBerry revealed its plans regarding the monthly Google patches, saying the company is aiming, at least in Europe, to push these updates to the Priv within 30 days of Google releasing them.
As for the specifications, BlackBerry Priv sports a 5.4-inch QHD AMOLED display, and powered by the hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. There’s 32 GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 2 TB via microSD card slot.
The device boasts an 18MP camera on the back featuring Schneider-Kreuznach optics while the one on the front is a 2MP shooter. Further, it has a sliding form factor, complete with the trademark BlackBerry physical keyboard, and packs a 3,410 mAh battery. The Priv is available for pre-order for $699.
We’ll keep an eye out and let you know when more details roll out.
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