According to our tipster, the BlackBerry Venice is an "amazing device" and he adds that "security is second to none." The image he sent us shows the virtual QWERTY keyboard on the screen. Usually we see the physical QWERTY keyboard that can be used when the slider is activated.
The BlackBerry Venice will no doubt have a new name by the time the device is ready to be launched. Speculation has the Android powered phone powered by the Snapdragon 808 SoC carrying a hexa-core 1.8GHz CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. The phone is expected to be offered by all four major U.S. carriers in November.
There is talk that if sales of the Android powered slider do well, next year BlackBerry will offer an Android driven version of the BlackBerry Passport.
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