What we know about the upcoming Blackberry Priv

Blackberry is really trying hard to get it right and for their sake, I hope it will give them some leverage.

The Priv features a 5.4″ Quad HD display with curved glass and runs on the Snapdragon 808 chip with dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57 and quad-core 1.44GHz Cortex-A53 CPU plus Adreno 418 GPU.

The main camera of the BlackBerry Priv is an 18MP Sony MX230-S with 4K video recording and a dual-LED flash.

The BlackBerry’s setup also features Schneider-Kreuznach optics.

The Priv will be running on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with some BlackBerry exclusive apps and services. There will be an app to help you transfer content from various devices, including old BlackBerries.

 

From an accessibility point of view, and probably for the physical qwerty keyboard fans, this is going to be an interesting option as the selection on Android phones with physical qwerty keyboards are really small and I don’t think that there are any devices in South Africa at present.  The old and outdated ones doesn’t count.

 

Below is the video, introducing the Priv.

 

I will update this post the moment I learn anything else.

Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwitch on a phone with a qwerty keyboard?

Say hi to the Samsung Galaxy Chat, Model GT-B5330, Running Google’s Ice Cream Sandwitch but, with a difference.

Samsung announced this phone last Month, on July the 4th.

It might not have the hottest specs around but, for some of us who still love a physical qwerty keyboard, this is a real nice deal.

Unfortunately, South Africa won’t see much of this phone unless you order it from one of the online stores.

And pricing…. I don’t wish to venture on that but, I am rather sure that it will cost less than r2000.

Oh, uh, to the best of my knowledge, just so by the way, the Samsung Chat is currently the only and certainly the first phone with a full qwerty keyboard running Ice Cream Sandwitch. unfortunately, there’s no arrow keys but, I doubt if this would be an issue.

The processor is also somewhat on the slow side running at 850MHz but, I will have to wait and see how this phone is going to handle.

I will definitely not take pictures with this phone. OCR applications will fail without a doubt. With only a 2 MP camera, I highly suspect that the pics won’t look that nice.

Regardless of these factors, there’s the qwerty keyboard to look forward to as well as experiencing ICS on the world’s first qwerty keyboard phone. Bundled with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, GPS, 3G, a microSD card (up to 32GB), 4GB internal storage and a reasonable pricetag for the entry level, I’m sure that you will agree with me that this is a phone to look forward to.

I am really excited and can’t wait to get started with this beauty.

As usual, the specifications are below:

Physical Specifications

  • Weight 112 grams
  • Height 118.90 mm
  • Width 59.30 mm
  • Depth 11.70 mm

Functional Specifications

  • Screen Type Touchscreen, TFT
  • Touchscreen, capacitive
    256K colours
  • Screen Resolution 240×320
  • Screen Size 3.00 inches (7.62cm)
  • Memory 4GB Storage
  • Expansion microSD up to 32GB
  • Connectivity GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • HSDPA @ 7.2 Mbps
  • HSUPA @ 5.76 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • microUSB 2.0
  • Camera 2MP

Operational Specifications

  • CPU 850MHz
  • OS Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 3G Standby Time 380.0 hours
  • 3G Talk Time 5.0 hours
  • 2G Standby Time 520.0 hours
  • 2G Talk Time 14.8 hours

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

In december of 2011, I purchased a Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro. The reason for this was because my HTC ChaCha did not manage internal memory well; or well enough for me at least. Having said that, I must admit though that I can be a creature that is rather demanding. My wife seem to be quite happy with her HTC ChaCha so, take what I feel about its capabilities with a pinch of whatever.

Apart from the build of this phone, the Sony Ericsson XPeria Pro, I am quite happy with the phone. It never crashed on me yet but, anyways, in this podcast, I tell you a bit about the phone and let you experience what it sounds like.

Quick specs are at the end of the article:

Phone specifications

General:

  • 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
  • HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
  • Announced 2011, February
  • Status Available. Released 2011, October

Body:

  • Dimensions 120 x 57 x 13.5 mm
  • Weight 142 g
  • Keyboard QWERTY
  • Display Type LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size 480 x 854 pixels, 3.7 inches (~265 ppi pixel density)
  • Multitouch Yes
  • Protection Scratch-resistant glass
  • – Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • – Timescape UI

Sound Alert types:

  • Vibration; MP3 ringtones
  • Loudspeaker Yes
  • 3.5mm jack Yes
  • Memory Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 8 GB included
  • Internal 1 GB (320 MB user available), 512 MB RAM

Data:

  • GPRS Up to 86 kbps
  • EDGE Up to 237 kbps
  • Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
  • USB Yes, microUSB v2.0

Camera:

  • Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash,
  • Features Video calling, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection
  • Video Yes, 720p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, check quality
  • Secondary Yes, VGA

Features:

  • OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
  • Chipset Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
  • CPU 1 GHz Scorpion
  • GPU Adreno 205
  • Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
  • Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
  • Browser HTML, Adobe Flash
  • Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
  • Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
  • Colors Black, Silver, Red
  • – SNS integration
  • – Type & Send feature
  • – HDMI port
  • – MP4/H.264/WMV player
  • – MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
  • – TrackID music recognition
  • – Organizer
  • – Office Suite Pro document viewer/editor
  • – Voice memo/dial/commands
  • – Predictive text input

Battery:

  • Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh
  • Stand-by Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
  • Talk time Up to 6 h 55 min (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
  • Music play Up to 31 h