The latest, which were published by Vietnamese blog Tinhte and appear to have been taken on a plane, confirm what will almost certainly be the handset’s final design and a number of key specifications.
First up is the alleged BlackBerry Venice, which is expected to sport a touchscreen display and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It also appears to run Android Lollipop along with some extra BlackBerry software.
BlackBerry Venice confirmed for November release on all four national US carriers. pic.twitter.com/l5jFCGKLjO
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 19, 2015
Venice appears to be running a near-stock version of Lollipop, though the shots of its home screen confirm the presence of BlackBerry Hub, and BlackBerry’s own Contacts and Calendar apps. Another shot shows a custom multitasking interface, which looks just like BlackBerry’s 10’s Active Frames page.
The Venice is supposedly going to hit all four major U.S. carriers in November.As for specs, rumors have claimed the phone will sport a
- 5.4-inch Quad HD screen
- hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor clocked at 1.8GHz
- Adreno 418 graphics
- 18-megapixel camera with fast focus
- and 3GB of RAM
It also has the iconic qwerty keyboard that blackberry designed, which was by far the most admired thing about Blackberry’s hardware. Good to see it’s still there. If this phone launches successfully, it’s sure to get some percentage of users and make Blackberry a strong contender again (Hopefully). That being said there’s no guarantee for success.
Blackberry was know for it’s super awesome encryption. Blackberry had the most secure Mobile Operating System till date, so much so that when the Sony hack happened, employees were using their old Blackberry;s again to avoid any further losses. Now that it’s running Android, which is almost the opposite(If not totally opposite) to Blackberry OS in terms of privacy, we need to wait and watch if the masses accept Blackberry with Android
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