Priv is now available at prices starting at £579 SIM free which puts it in the league of premium smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy S6 range, HTC One M9, LG G4 or Sony's Xperia Z5. Considering your basic functions on the Priv will be exactly the same as in any other Android phone, we decided to pit the Priv against Samsung's popular Galaxy S6 Edge to see who's winning.
In terms of size, BlackBerry Priv is larger than the Galaxy S6 Edge in all respects. The taller appearance is balanced with a thicker frame which provides stability to the Priv.
Both phones have the same display with Quad HD resolution even though the Priv's display is much larger. In terms of design, Galaxy S6 Edge is prominent for its beautiful dual-curved display while the Priv has a unique slide-down physical keyboard that does not impact the phone's display size.
Despite not being termed as powerful as the Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 has earned its reputation through its presence in flagship phones like the Nexus 5X, LG G4, Microsoft Lumia 950 and LG V10 and has now been chosen by BlackBerry to power the Priv. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is powered by home-grown Exynos 7420 which is considered equal to Snapdragon 810 in terms of performance.The advantage of both processors is that they do not cause overheating after prolonged usage and we expect their performances to be comparable.
In terms of storage and battery life, Priv reigns supreme yet again and it'll be up to you to decide if you want to go for it instead of Samsung's premium handset. While Galaxy S6 Edge holds 64GB of internal storage without any additional storage option, BlackBerry Priv just has space for 32GB, but covers up spectacularly with a microSD slot that can hold as much as 2TB of extra storage.
Priv's battery is also miles ahead in terms of power and longevity over the one in Galaxy S6 Edge. Priv's battery offers an additional 6 hours of talk time and extra 24 hours’ worth music playback over its competitor.
On paper, BlackBerry Priv's rear camera is superior to that of Galaxy S6 Edge. However, Priv's cameras cannot shoot 4K videos which is a feature that no other premium smartphone lacks. Priv's front camera also doesn't look like one belonging to a flagship phone.