For a little over a month, there has been talk and speculation over a new Blackberry device called the Venice which is rumored to be getting loaded up with Google’s Android OS instead of Blackberry’s OS10. Up until now there has been little more than a few image leaks of press renders and concepts, but it would seem that there may finally be a leaked image of the actual device floating out there. Keep in mind the picture isn’t the best of clarity and it looks somewhat tampered with so take it with a huge grain of salt, (you can find the image in the gallery below) and without any confirmation on a source or a confirmation from Blackberry themselves it can hardly be considered a legitimate image, having said that though this is so far the most real any leaks have been.
Besides having the Android OS running on it, the Venice is said to have a slide up display which would reveal the keyboard underneath. The keyboard is something of a Blackberry staple as it has always been part of almost every single device they have ever produced. With the Venice, the difference is that it would lay beneath the screen instead of taking up space where a portion of the screen would be, forever out in the open which is how most other Blackberry devices are. Along with the leaked image are a couple of concept renders which appear to show what it would like if Android would be running on the Blackberry Venice.
These are just concept art basically, and not quite like the video or images seen of Android Lollipop running on the silver Blackberry Passport which appeared a couple of days ago. One concept shows a visualization of a Blackberry being able to cast content to various other devices using Google Cast technology, not unlike the way Android devices can cast to the big screen now. Another render of the Venice shows off a material design inspired UI layout with the FAB button and all, and the last render shows a close up shot of the rear camera. (what it would look like) What’s important about that last detail though is that it shows 18MP as the camera sensor quality so if the Venice ends up being a real device, which has been rumored to be showing up at T-Mobile later this year, then consumers may be able to expect an 18 MP camera to come with it for some decent shots. That’s assuming of course it uses a good sensor, which there is no current detail on at this point.