Android-based BlackBerry Venice shows up on video, curved screen and sliding QWERTY keyboard included

Android-based BlackBerry Venice shows up on video, curved screen and sliding QWERTY keyboard included
Earlier today, we showed you new renders that allegedly present the unannounced BlackBerry Venice, which could become one of the very first BlackBerry smartphones to run Android.

Now, we can also take a look at what seems to be a short part of a BlackBerry Venice promo clip. Unveiled by @evleaks, the video shows the front, rear, and sides of the upcoming device. We can even take a look at its sliding mechanism, its full QWERTY keyboard, and its rear camera (which appears to be an 18 MP one with Optical Image Stabilization, phase detection auto focus, and dual LED flash). The video is embedded below, but you may have to wait a bit for it to load.

As previously rumored, the BlackBerry Venice seems to sport a slightly curved display, similar to the screens of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+. The display should be a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) one. Other expected features include a 5 MP front-facing camera, 3 GB of RAM, and a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor.

It's said that BlackBerry will release the Venice in November, with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile all getting ready to offer it. So, who's interested in buying this Android-based BlackBerry?





source: @evleaks

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41 Comments

1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Why two phones in the video? Does it mean two versions? Android and BB10? It looks great and most importantly not thick!

5. Lovejoy

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

That's a good point. Didn't even think about it at first, but now that you pointed it out, it does give the impression that there might also be BB10 version coming out, as "the android rises next to BB10". It sure does look really good and also thin for a slider, especially compared to the previous slider I've owned, the brick-like Nokia N900.

19. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

It's probably a Keyboard version, and the other a touch screen version.

6. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

WoW that looks so good.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

IF these rumors pan out, there will definitely be a BB10 version. It will most likely only be available for enterprise sales and for consumers thru shop.blackberry.com and Amazon.com.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Seems like a scapegoat answer.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't care how it seems to you.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's not much as how it seems to me. It's more of you sounding like you falling back on - "these are just rumors" or "blackberry is mainly targeting the enterprise market and not the consumer market." True these are all rumors but generally when the same rumor consistently pops up and seems like a reasonable possibility then more than likely it seems plausible that the rumors have some clout. Maybe you shouldn't be so clouded by your own perspective.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Is there any concrete evidence that an Android powered BlackBerry exists? Has BlackBerry come out and confirmed it? No. So until they do, this is all just as mythical as the Unicorn. Mind you, I haven't sided either way about this. I'm simply stating FACT, and until it's CONFIRMED by BLACKBERRY, it's a FACT that this is all just RUMORS. And last time I checked, from much more credible sources concerning information about BlackBerry, their primary focus IS the enterprise market. That's actually been evident by all the moves Chen has made (and he said it, mind you) since he took over. And I've always said their PRIMARY FOCUS is enterprise. What you choose to believe is your business. I don't care. Maybe you shouldn't be so judgemental about what I post, and just take it at face value.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I didn't say blackberry came out and confirmed it. You act like blackberry running android is out of the realm of possibility. Your odd example of unicorns would be more fitting of a rumor about Samsung running iOS. Here it just seems out of place and ridiculous. There's already ways to get some Google Play services on blackberry and there's the ability to use the Amazon App Store. No ones denying that these are rumors. What I am saying is you can't stick your head in the sand and act like this handset doesn't exist. Like I said before scapegoat answer. That's your go to response whenever you don't have a reason why blackberry isn't really focusing on handsets like they were in the past. I'm not being judgmental. I'm just trying to be reasonable.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Do not assume that I'm acting a certain way. I'm acting as if this is all just rumors, which it is, until BlackBerry confirms it. My example of Unicorns is quite fitting because there is no concrete proof of an Android powered BlackBerry's existence, just like there is no proof that Unicorns exist. I don't care what you think of my example. Yes, BlackBerry devices do run Android apps, but they do not officially have Google Mobile Services. There is absolutely NOTHING WRONG with me choosing to call this RUMORED device what it is at this point, which is a RUMOR. I don't care what you think of me calling it what it is until confined by BlackBerry either. It's not your business, kindly mind yours and I'll do the same. Like I said, I DON'T CARE if you think what I'm saying is a "scapegoat" answer. I'm choosing to go with what the man that's in charge of the company has said, and what the actions of the company have been since he took over, which that they are focusing PRIMARILY on the enterprise market. Note that I continually say PRIMARILY, which means "FIRST". At NO TIME do you see me saying that they COMPLETELY exited the consumer space. You ARE being judgmental, and I DON'T CARE about your feelings or what you CLAIM to be trying to do, just like I'm pretty sure you don't care about me. I also don't care to have this conversation with you either, so kindly find SOMEONE ELSE to have it with.

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're in complete denial. I wonder what excuse you will have when the Venice gets announced and ceases to be a rumor. Your example only proves you're either completely blind or smoking some pretty potent pot. Why are you so against Blackberry going Android? I didn't say it was my business. Like I said scapegoat answer. I don't care about your pouty attitude. You're taking this a little personal. I have no "feelings" unless you count laughter as a feeling at the pathetic showing I'm looking at. You've lost your edge and it's showing.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you're completely lonely. You keep engaging me in conversation after I explicitly told you that I have no desire to converse with you. You're even trying to project your pouty attitude onto me. You're like a scorned lover, popping up wherever I'm at. You're taking it so personal that I won't "entertain" you and it's showing, so much so that you're stalking me. Dude, get it through your thick skull, already. Now shoo fly, you're bothering me.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Aka I was owned by Mxyzptlk so I'm just going to spew bs. I'm stalking you? A. You're constantly marking your territory in blackberry articles and B. You're still mocking me with your doppelgänger account.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Aka you got owned by ME, and on more than one occasion. And with every response you make to me in this article, you prove my point. Keep it going, Michelle. I love it when you prove me right.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Ok Princess is that what you want? The glory of having the last word in because your megalomaniac mind requires you to?

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're just gonna keep on proving me right, aren't you? By all means, go ahead. You just continually need me to justify your existence.

34. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And you continuously try to get the last word in because of your kleptomania. Continue to prove me right.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

And you continuously try and troll me and get my attention. I didn't start this conversation. YOU did. I have absolutely NO desire to converse with you, but you constantly seek my attention. Don't comment on anything I say and I'll gladly not respond to you. If you don't want me to respond, then YOU simply stop responding. It's that simple. But you won't, because you can't exist without me justifying your existence.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't need you to justify anything princess. Don't flatter yourself. You couldn't really threally think of a proper response to mmy comment so you start b-ing and showing your kleptomania.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Of course you need me to justify your existence. That's why you engaged me in conversation in the first place in this article. You actively sought me ought. It's you that can't think of a proper response, that's why you're stu-stuttering again, Stanley. As I said, you should have never engaged me in the first place, but you did. You can't help it. You need me to justify your existence.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So just shut up then? You obviously don't have to keep arguing but knowing that massive ego and the kleptomania won't allow you to do that. Lol I exposed you and you don't even realize it. For the record that wasn't stuttering you twit. I told you that's the crappy lollipop keyboard issue with SwiftKey. Again I can post the article and prove it but your kleptomania wouldn't see it.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Why don't you take your own advice and YOU shut up. And don't get jealous because you don't have anything massive about you. You didn't expose anyone but yourself. You just let everyone know that you need me to justify your pitiful existence. You engaged me in conversation first, remember? This comments section was fine until you wanted to troll me. BlackBerry articles get heated because you just can't stop trolling. I even said that I don't want to talk to you, and here you are still commenting after that. Get a life, already. I've no desire to ever talk to you. Why is it so hard for you to see that? But I know that what I'm saying will just fall on deaf ears, because your megalomania and infatuation over me just won't let you shut up and stop stalking me.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No one wanted to troll you princess. Stop being paranoid. If you don't want to talk then stop responding. Of course you aren't going to because your fat ego won't allow me the pleasure of getting the last word in. I didn't stalk you Mxyzbtlk.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Aww, poor whittle (I spelled it like that on purpose) Mxy wants the last word? Shall I call the waaaambulance for you since I won't give you your way? Of course you wanted to troll me. Why else would you attempt to engage someone in conversation that you know doesn't give a rats scrawny butt about you? You won't even answer that, I'm sure. Doing so would be an admitting that I'm right. Now go and get a life and stop seeking my attention. I'm tired of constantly having to justify your morbid existence. But you won't, because you're too infatuated with me. That's why you actively sought me out to engage me in conversation. Your continued response just further proves my point.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol you're so blinded by your massive ego that you can't even see that I'm just getting you to say exactly what I need you to say. You've yet to stop responding even though you've said you were several comments back. It's like I said, your kleptomania is blinding you. I've made my point so I don't have to continue owning you in this article princess.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

And just plain dumb to the fact that I've continually gotten you to admit that you need me to justify your pitiful exsisitence. And YOU'VE yet to stop responding to me and you just cannot seem to grasp the fact that your life is meaningless without me in it. You've proven that time and again, on several articles. You're like the Joker and I'm Bataman. The Joker simply cannot exist without Batman. There's no point.

48. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I thought so. You're sad meanest alphageek. You can't exist without marking your territory on blackberry "bataman"

18. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

one is a probably a keyboard only version, the other probably touch screen only.

3. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Seeing as how I use a passport and note3 as my two daily drivers, the Venice is the perfect middle ground for me. I hope it has the same touch sensitive qwerty the passport has as well as some things that make blackberry great like security and hub. 90% sure this will be my next phone

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