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One of BlackBerry's upcoming Android phones may look like this

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What we're seeing below might be the lower half of one of BlackBerry's upcoming Android smartphones. Recent rumors have it that the Canadian company is getting ready to launch at least two Android-based handsets this year. One of them, codenamed BlackBerry Venice, should be a high-end slider with a curved Quad HD screen, while another one, codenamed BlackBerry Prague, is expected to resemble the low-end BlackBerry Z3.

But the device seen in the render below - posted today on Twitter by @evleaks - doesn't look like a slider, and neither like the Z3. Instead, it seems to resemble the BlackBerry Passport, which, just like this new handset, has a 3-row hardware QWERTY keyboard. If this is indeed a Passport-like handset, it's probably going to be a pretty wide device with high-end features (and also a high price).

The software buttons that can be noticed on the handset's display suggest that this BlackBerry is running Android Lollipop. Unfortunately, for now there's not much else that we know about the device.

Last month, BlackBerry CEO John Chen talked about the possibility of launching Android smartphones, mentioning that it would build one only if it could make it "secure enough." Seeing all the latest rumors, and now this new render, we're inclined to believe that BlackBerry managed to make Android as secure as it wanted to. We assume BlackBerry will soon announce something about all this.

One of BlackBerry's upcoming Android phones may look like this

source: @evleaks

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posted on 02 Jul 2015, 21:40 3

1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4271; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Double keyboards? That seems useless.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 21:43 8

3. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


At least you have the option to use which kind of keyboard you want to.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 23:38 3

12. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1099; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I believe this is a fake render. If you look closely on the bottom left side of the supposed screen you can clearly see it sticks out from the normal screen. Also, the picture resolution of the screen is higher than the picture resolution of the actual device (look at how the letter P seems to be a lot more blurry than the 123 on the screen). If this is a supposed render, then the entire photo would be in high resolution, not just one part. Sorry, not buying it.

Also, fyi, @evleaks revealing that the latest Blackberry will launch on AT&T is like a no-brainer. AT&T has supported Blackberry wholeheartedly before, so it just makes sense that they would support them again.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 02:04

16. iosl0ver5eva (Posts: 119; Member since: 16 Jan 2015)


No not entirely. Verizon has always been a huge seller of blackberry since the iPhone was originally for ATT in 2007. I do believe this is a fake picture though

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 23:58

13. camera531 (Posts: 342; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Hardware keyboard had letters, on screen one has numbers and characters

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 08:23

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4271; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


But there's an "ABC" button on the virtual keyboard, which means it has letters as well. Probably just a render, but it's a stupid render.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 00:22

14. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Haha yeah, defiantly get rid of that on screen one if they're keeping the physical one, which they should.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 21:42

2. QWERTYphone (limited) (Posts: 645; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Release a slider like the Samsung Epic or the HTC Touch Pro 2 and you MIGHT sell them.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 21:44 1

4. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Could this be an Android-powered BlackBerry Passport? Anyways, can't wait for the Venice running Android, might be my first ever BlackBerry phone.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 21:51 1

5. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Will be very interesting to see how this all turns out, especially if all of these BlackBerry/Android rumors are just that: rumors.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 21:59

6. imkyle (Posts: 1071; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I would purchase that in a heart beat.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 22:01 1

7. joey_sfb (Posts: 5265; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I would love to have physical keyboard on phone. That's why I bought the Motorola Milestone phones.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 22:30 1

11. jroc74 (Posts: 5980; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thats why I got the Droid 1. Coming from Win Mo, Samsung Win Mo in particular...I thought I needed a physicla keyboard in case the screen sucked.

Turns out it was the type of screen and the phone overall just sucked. The Droid 1 and the iPhone showed me if you have a decent screen you dont need a physical keyboard. Wanting one is another story.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 04:12 1

17. joey_sfb (Posts: 5265; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You are right touch screen keyboard has come a long way especially with spell check and third parties keyboards.

Still the tactic feel of pressing a button can't be simulated 100%.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 22:13

8. waddup121 (unregistered)


Good stuff

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 22:25

9. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10689; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Just don't make a keyboard case. Blackberry might sue.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 08:06 1

19. gaming64 (unregistered)


Just don't make a keyboard case with Blackberry designs. BTW, you gotta get ready for @meanestgenius.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 10:26

22. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Can't keep me out of your mouth, can you? Tastes that good, huh?

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 12:24

24. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10689; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Lol yup talk about hitting a hornets nest.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 13:14 1

26. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Like you on Apple related articles?

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 16:52

28. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10689; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


No meanest not at all

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 19:33 1

30. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You can lie all you want. The facts are here on PA for all to see.

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 16:10

32. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10689; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The fact that you're like a hornet on a period if you say one bad thing about Blackberry? Sure

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 21:14 1

34. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Says the blind $#33p that attacks anyone that sneezes in Apples direction.

posted on 05 Jul 2015, 17:48

36. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10689; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Your head is stuck so far up Chen's bottom that it alters your perception quite a bit.

posted on 05 Jul 2015, 20:49

38. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Says the guy that worships at Tim Cooks $@(#.

posted on 06 Jul 2015, 00:13

40. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10689; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


At least his @$$ poops money while you and Chen just poop bricks.

posted on 06 Jul 2015, 14:23

41. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You're acting like it's your money. Unless...Tim probably pays you good money for keeping his $@*k on your chin.

posted on 06 Jul 2015, 20:20

42. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10689; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


And your acting like blackberry and Chen are your little dolls or something.

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 02:57 1

43. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


That was as lame as your attempts to say that you don't relate to an Imp infatuated with a male kryptonian.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 10:08 1

21. o0Exia0o (Posts: 893; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


No, making a keyboard case is fine...Making a keyboard case that closely resembles the keyboards that have been featured many devices since the early 2000's is where they got in trouble.... I mean its not like no other company has ever sued a company for producing tech that resembles theirs... Nothing like rectangles with rounded corners, RIGHT?

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 10:26 1

23. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Exactly.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 12:24

25. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10689; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Right. Let me go make a hamburger with secret sauce so I can get sued by mcdonald's

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 13:15 1

27. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Same reference can be used for Apple. After all, they did try and sue Amazon for the generic name "App Store".

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 16:52

29. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10689; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You're being defensive .

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 19:34 1

31. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You're being an !Diot if you think pointing out a fact is being defensive.

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 16:11

33. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10689; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I think you're full of toss.

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 21:18 1

35. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


And I know you're full !Diot juice.

posted on 05 Jul 2015, 17:49

37. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 10689; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Ok meanestnotgenius.

posted on 05 Jul 2015, 20:49

39. meanestgenius (Posts: 9338; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I know it's ok.

posted on 02 Jul 2015, 22:26

10. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


No, please, no!

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 01:01

15. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1473; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


No physical Keyboards please.

posted on 03 Jul 2015, 05:27

18. Jon.b (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jul 2014)


Are we still talking about blackberry

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