Clash of the Android beauties: Blackberry Priv vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

BlackBerry stormed the world of Android just a few days ago, launching its Priv smartphone with stock Android OS, BlackBerry's own security settings, a slide out keyboard as well as several premium features.

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.

Looks and display

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.

SpecificationBlackBerry PrivSamsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Display5.4 inch5.1 inch
Resolution1440 x 2560 touch 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD)
Dimensions147 x 77 x 9.4mm142 x 70 x 7mm

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. 

Internal engines

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.

SpecificationBlackBerry PrivSamsung Galaxy S6 Edge
ProcessorSnapdragon 808 Exynos 7420
Internal storage32GB (2TB extra)64GB
Battery3,410 mAh2,600 mAh
Operating systemAndroid LollipopAndroid Lollipop
Networks4G LTE4G LTE

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.

SpecificationBlackBerry PrivSamsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Main Camera18MP16MP
Front Camera2MP5MP
Video recording1080p HD video UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) 


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  1. Guest
    Guest18th Nov 2015

    The prev looks a great phone currently using a passport and love the keyboard which is a must for me

  2. Guest
    Guest17th Nov 2015

    It most definitely does shoot 4K video (check out the Priv detailed specs on BlackBerry's website, or many of the other in-depth reviews that use the ...

  3. Guest
    Guest17th Nov 2015

    It most definitely does 4K video: -4k Video Recording at 30 fps -1080p HD video recording at 60 fps

  4. jayjay_nhm
    Jay Jay 16th Nov 2015

    Thanks for the heads-up on the front camera! We've corrected that spec here. However, as for the video resolution, Blackberry seems to be stating 4K i...

  5. Guest
    Guest15th Nov 2015

    Priv front facing camera is 2mp.

  6. Guest
    Guest14th Nov 2015

    FYI the Priv does in fact shoot 4K.

  7. Guest
    Guest14th Nov 2015

    The Priv does have 4k video recording.

  8. Guest
    Guest14th Nov 2015

    Priv certainly does shoot 4k video! Check the video settings.

  9. Guest
    Guest13th Nov 2015

    Priv's front camera is not 5mp but 2mp and the main is able to shot 4k video.

  10. Guest
    Guest13th Nov 2015

    I'd pick the Priv, but you have a few things wrong here. The Priv's front facing camera is 2mp. Also, the Priv has 4k video recording. Thanks for the ...

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