Top 5 Features of BlackBerry PRIV

Top 5 Features of BlackBerry PRIV

BlackBerry Philippines has just introduced the PRIV and before it becomes available in the local market next week, let’s take a look at some of the top features of this Android-loaded, keyboard-touting smartphone.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We just wanted to give you guys a rundown on the top features of the phone that we think are its main selling points for anyone looking for such capabilities. Keep in mind that the features below are all BlackBerry’s claims and we still have yet to prove how well they work in real life situations during our full review.

With that, let’s get started!

BlackBerry Hub

Previously a BlackBerry 10 exclusive, the BlackBerry Hub lets you view all your communications in one glance. This includes SMS, emails, social media, calendar, or call logs. With this feature alone, it will minimize the time spent on opening different apps just to check for new notifications.


Users can also arrange and organize all their files inside the Hub. Since the entries come from different apps, you can create new folders and, for example, segregate your work entries from your friends list. You can also mute an entry and schedule it when to unmute: whether by time, place (home or work), or whenever you’re connected to a certain Wi-Fi connection. These are just some of the things that you can do using the BlackBerry Hub.

Touch-enabled physical keyboard

You probably know by now that PRIV allows for two kinds of typing: on-screen and a sliding physical keyboard. Although it’s nice that there’s this option, it doesn’t end there. This physical keyboard also acts as a touch-sensitive trackpad so you could swipe on its keys to scroll the screen up and down, flicking predictive text onto the screen, and using it as a cursor for making selections.


This makes it possible to control and navigate through the device while the keyboard is out.

Schneider-Kreuznach rear camera



The company also took imaging seriously for the PRIV. It’s been equipped with an 18-megapixel Schneider-Kreuznach rear camera that integrates technologies commonly seen in DSLR cameras.


What the PRIV aims to provide is professional-grade photos by being equipped with settings and features like control for exposure, Phase Detection Auto Focus, Optical Image Stabilization, and dual-tone flashes.


Sporting a 5.4-inch display, the screen itself is a looker with the edges curving outward on both sides.  It is also reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 which protects it from unwanted scratches and even against impacts.


Resolution-wise, it’s packed with 2560 x 1440 that results to an eye-watering 540ppi. Together with its OLED panel, the display as a whole aims to not only make the PRIV solely for business use but also for entertainment.

DTEK by BlackBerry

With all the cyber hacking happening  these days, it pays to have extra security on the device that you use the most — your smartphone. The company claims that all data stored inside the phone is protected and encrypted by default using a combination of software and hardware.


As a way to monitor your device, the PRIV has a proprietary DTEK software that shows what apps are accessing the microphone, camera, location, and personal information. In one glance, it displays the overall security rating of the handset as well as all its securty features.

That rounds up our short list and stay tuned as we work on the full review of the device. In the meantime, check out our first impressions here.

Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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3 Responses

  1. Easy E says:

    Na-justify ba ng mga hardware and software features nya ang price nya?

    • J.lo says:

      Sa panahon ngayon hindi lang hardware at software features ang nagjujustify ng price ng mga gadgets.. Brand, prestige, after-sales support, software updates, etc.. Simula ng lumabas ang first iphone naging ganun na ang patakaran.

    • onga, yung mga reklamador kesho mahal etc etc, might as well manahimik, hindi naman namen sinasabi na panget GF mo kasi choice mo yan, right?

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