BlackBerry may face a historical moment in the coming weeks, as it is likely to be the first time the company will announce an Android-powered device. Leaks and rumors have been popping all over the internet lately, showing off a purported smartphone with a sliding keyboard codenamed “Blackberry Venice”. We have already seen 3D renderings, leaked photos and even a hands-on video with the actual device, which gave us a great view of the handset from this Canadian company. Blackberry is a business oriented company and as so, their devices tend to have a “business look”, giving you a solid but not visually appealing look, differently from the likes of other manufacturers and their gorgeous phones. Thinking on that, Team BlackBerry designer @Pootermobile unleashed his creativity and took the Venice to a new level of beauty, creating a set of 3D renderings showing the device in several different colors.
Previously leaked photos show an all-black device and in the new images you see the keyboard and the back section colored in red, white, blue, purple and silver. Check them out in the gallery right below the article. If you are unfamiliar with it, the Venice is expected to be a flagship device with top-notch specs. It is likely to sport a 5.4-inch screen with slightly curved edges, something similar with you have on the Galaxy S6 Edge/Edge+, and a monstrous QHD resolution (2560×1440). Powered by an hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC running at 1.8 GHz, the device is expected to come with 3 GB of RAM. As for the camera, in the front there will be a 5 megapixels sensor and the rear shooter is likely to have 18 MP, optical image stabilization and some kind of fast focus technology. As mentioned before, the main characteristic is the keyboard that will slide down from the screen. Other than typing, the keyboard will also work as a touchpad, just like in the Passport, Blackberry’s odd-looking phone. The software looks a lot like stock Android, but there will be slight changes from Blackberry, such as a few icons here and there and some other tweaks.
According to famous Twitter leaker Evan Blass from @evleaks, the device is expected to be released in November, coming to all 4 major carriers in the U.S. Also, don’t expect it to be cheap, since this is a flagship device with top hardware. Check out the concept renders down below.