The BlackBerry Priv is officially on its way, but the Canadian firm has not yet clearly stated the full features or specifications of the device. Much of the information on the device comes from its preorder page and leaks, which have been pretty regular in the past few months.
Curved screen similar to that of Samsung Edge
Now the latest leak from CrackBerry’s forums suggests the purpose the curved screen edges of the Priv will serve. The Priv’s main display is curved on both sides just like the displays on Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ devices.
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BlackBerry Priv’s curved screen reportedly has a unique set of features and functions like showing the battery charging level when the device is plugged in and indicating how much time is left for the battery to get fully charged. Another feature called Productivity Edge is expected to provide users with quick access to app previews. It seems it will offer users a quick way to glance at specific apps without the need to switch between the full apps.
What will BlackBerry bring to the Priv?
The Priv will be the first device from BlackBerry to run on Android, and the company has some of its own software features pre-installed on it. The Priv will come with the BlackBerry Hub notification manager, custom virtual keyboard and pop-up widgets, according to the leaked guide.
The pop-up widgets are the most interesting of those features. All the apps with a widget will have an indicator below their icons, thus eliminating the need to have an action widget permanently on a home screen. The user will be able to view the widget as a pop-up window by swiping up on an app, giving them the option to select the widget.
BlackBerry’s first Android-powered phone will have several security features that the Canadian firm is known for, but there is one outstanding feature that everyone will be hoping is there in the Priv, and that is speed. BlackBerry devices offer great productivity capabilities, which is mainly how quick phones can transition between layers and apps.
In BB10, a user just needs to make one or two gestures for getting on to the next app or screen, and now the same is expected from the Priv. The device could be a winner for many if that element can be brought to Android along with pop-up widgets and Productivity Edge.