Just a few days back Evan Blass aka @evleaks tweeted that BlackBerry’s rumored Android slider smartphone is expected to be launched in November on all four US carriers. While a few renders of the device have already appeared online in the past, however, the latest leak showcases the actual build of the rumored Venice slider. The latest leak comes from a Vietnamese tech blog, which shows the slider from different angles also revealing the SIM card and microSD slot housed on top of the device.
The leaked photos could also be a prototype though it clears the air that a device codenamed ‘Venice’ is actually real and being worked on. Sources suggest that the phone will feature a 5.4 inch Quad HD display, an 18MP OIS camera, and of course the physical QWERTY keyboard. Other rumored specs of the Venice include a 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM.
While just last week, Evan Blass posted a GIF image which shows the device running the company’s productivity suite of apps in a tweet which said, ““Nothing else keeps you as productive as BlackBerry.” He further added that the upcoming Venice smartphone ‘is no stock Android handset’, and is expected to borrow a slew of features from BlackeBerry 10 and BlackBerry Productivity.
In addition, he also posted a few GIF videos the Venice slider smartphone, which showed the rumored device running a bunch of Android apps such as the Google Play, Google Maps and Android for Work. Hence, we can expect upcoming Venice slider to be more than just an AOSP device, which will likely be a blend of a modern day OS with the company’s exclusive services, aimed at attracting business users.
To recall, BlackBerry’s Venice slider was announced back in March during Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, when the Canadian manufacturer said that the smartphone would be launched sometime this year. However since then, the company has been rather tight-lipped about the device. Though, this did not stop the continuous leaks of this device appearing time and again, and the latest one gives us the best look at the device we’ve seen so far.