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First BlackBerry Android device has privacy in mind

Oct 28, 2015

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Need to protect yourself? Hire a security guard or a ninja warrior. Need to protect your information? Consider a BlackBerry Priv that features intricate layers of security.

The Priv, named for its focus on privacy, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and is the first BlackBerry phone to run on the Android (5.1.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS). In order for the Priv to properly live up to its name, BlackBerry has taken multiple steps to protect your device.

Qualcomm SecureMSM technology is integrated into the device’s hardware and software to provide a high level of content protection while being power efficient. During its manufacturing process, cryptographic keys are injected into the device’s hardware to establish a secure foundation. Verified Boot and Secure Bootchain verify every layer of the Priv, from its hardware to its OS to your applications. Also, an enhanced Linux kernel improves security at the OS level, and a FIPS 140-2 compliant full disk encryption is on by default, applied to your data and applications.

BlackBerry has also developed an application called DTEK, which comes preloaded on the Priv. The application shows how secure your device is based on different hacker-prone components, such as the strength of your password and the applications you have installed. DTEK also provides recommendations on how to improve your device’s security status.

It might seem as if the Priv is all work and no play, but that’s far from the case. With Qualcomm Snapdragon StudioAccess, high resolution content from movie studios is engineered to be played without hesitation. Compressed and uncompressed video is protected through the graphics processing unit, hardware crypto engine, hardware video codec, and mobile display processor.

The latest BlackBerry features a unique design—a touch screen with a sliding keyboard, which doubles as a trackpad. It has a 5.4-inch dual-curved screen and 2560-by-1440 AMOLED display. The Priv’s 18-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera are certified by lens expert Schneider-Kreuznach.

So go ahead, take those high-resolution photos and record that 4K Ultra HD video. With 32GB of storage and a microSD slot that supports up to 2 terabytes of storage, your captured moments are housed safely. A 3410-mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 fast charging technology, designed to provide 50 percent charge in 40 minutes, doesn’t hurt either.

BlackBerry states that the Priv will start to ship on November 6. Visit the BlackBerry website for more information.

Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm SecureMSM technology, and Qualcomm Snapdragon StudioAccess are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. 

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