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Blackberry Evolve: $355 for this 5.99-inch smartphone with Snapdragon 450, 4GB RAM, dual 13MP-13MP primary camera and 4000 mAh battery

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It is being touted as the most secure Android smartphone, but at $355 USD – it seems a bit expensive.

Blackberry is a synonym of a business smartphone with a physical keyboard and top-notch security. It is evident with the Blackberry Key2 that was released just a couple of months ago:

  • 4.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1620 pixels, 3:2 ratio or ~434 ppi pixel density
  • Capacitive touch 4-row BlackBerry keyboard
  • Aluminium frame (7000 series) with a plastic back
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) processor, Adreno 512 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera with (f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.3", 1.55µm, DP PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.6 aperture, 1.0µm, PDAF), phase detection autofocus and dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with (f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm)
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (50% in 36 minutes)
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2018 release date
  • 3,999 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 615 for 64GB internal storage and 4,499 Chinese Yuan or ~ USD 695 for 128GB internal storage

Blackberry Key2 appeals to those who are looking for a very secure smartphone while still having all the features and functions of a mid-range device. Not forgetting those who still insist on getting a physical keyboard which is very rare these days. The device comes with a hefty price though.

That’s the same issue that Blackberry Evolve seems to be facing, will it be able to provide the value for money? Let’s drill down further on its specs:

  • 5.99-inch Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~403 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 chipset, Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 506 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 13MP primary camera with 1/3.1", 1.12µm + PDAF 13MP with B/W, 1/3.1", 1.12µm, PDAF, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR and panorama
  • 16MP secondary camera with LED flash
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Oreo 8.1
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • Expected September 2018 release date
  • $24,990 Indian Rupee or ~$355 USD price tag

For starters, Blackberry Evolve got off to a good start with its 5.99-inch Full HD IPS screen and Fullview display. The fingerprint sensor and Gorilla Glass 5 protection rounds it up nicely.

But when it comes to the performance, we see how it struggles with the Snapdragon 450 chipset paired with an octa-core processor, decent graphics and 4GB RAM. It would have been a whole lot better if it had been equipped with the mid-range 6xx Snapdragon chipset instead.

Camera-wise, Blackberry Evolve seems to be hitting the right notes with its flashy dual 13MP+13MP primary camera and 16MP selfie camera. This setup will let you take beautiful photos with it.

Moving on to storage, 64GB it just nice to have. Furthermore, it can be easily expanded up to a maximum of 256GB via the microSD expansion slot.

The fact that Blackberry Evolve will be powered by a 4000 mAh battery really means something. It should be no problem for it to supply the necessary juice for it to last for a couple of days in between charging.

Finally, don’t forget that Blackberry will be implementing a lot of security feature which will develop a fortress that won’t be easily messed with.

Conclusion:

Blackberry Evolve is again targeting at business users who wants the highest level of security but with an Android operating system. The camera is also awesome, so is the huge battery capacity. The only letdown is on its mediocre performance.

Blackberry Evolve will be released very soon for the Indian market with a price tag of 24,990 Indian Rupee or ~$355 USD. There’s only one color available which is black.

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