Android-based BlackBerry Venice to be launched by T-Mobile

Android-based BlackBerry Venice to be launched by T-Mobile
BlackBerry Venice is the codename of an unannounced smartphone that should be one of BlackBerry's first devices to run Android. Not long ago, we heard that the Venice should be available at some point via AT&T. Now, @evleaks has it that the new handset is also going to be sold by T-Mobile (though there's no word on exactly when this should happen).

According to previous rumors, BlackBerry is planning to announce the Venice in November. We've already seen renders reportedly showing the new handset, and you can check them out for yourself in the slideshow below.

The BlackBerry Venice is supposed to be a high-end slider with a full QWERTY keyboard, and a 5.4-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display that seems to be slightly curved at the edges - similar to the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Other features might include a six-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, a 18 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front-facing camera, and 3 GB of RAM.

What do you think of the BlackBerry Venice thus far? Can it stand next to other high-end Android phones?


source: @evleaks

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23 Comments

1. TechNeck

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I'm totally going to get this.

2. warrenellis93

Posts: 540; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Blackberry could have done this a long time ago, but im glad they are finally doing it

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It probably wouldn't matter much. Blackberry could be on their last hurrah here.

30. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Eager to see what Blackberry can do on an open platform. Hope they get it right. I like my Android phone with QWERTY keyboard.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Rumors, rumors....ah, what the hell, I'll play along. Looks great! I hope BlackBerry sells several aircraft carrier sized ships of these, but I won't be getting one, thank you very much. But, I'll definitely be buying the BB10 version of the BlackBerry Venice. :)

5. gaming64 unregistered

Would a BB10-skinned Android work, Monsier?

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely not. It wouldn't be the same, no matter how close it looked like the original.

24. andynaija

Posts: 1253; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

*Monsieur

9. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

No confirmation yet if it runs Android or BB10. I personally rule out the two versions scenario

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Definitely going to be an Android version and a BB10 version if the rumors pan out.

17. discharge unregistered

Cool post there .. Meanestgenius there ya I been Apple and android for some time, heck something like the Venice looks sharp if this is real and better if t mobile gets it too!!

4. kg4icg

Posts: 83; Member since: May 18, 2008

Hope you guys don't mind it being a BBOS10 device, because it won't have android on it. The rumors keep flying .

7. InTheKnow unregistered

Yes. It is Android.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's running some version of android even if it's a forked version;

6. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

It's a good thing that the spec will be up-to-date with the current rate. My question is, does it really need the SD808 to be able to run efficiently on the BlackBerry platform? Having a great camera is a must on a flagship level these days, so that's great if this device actually hits the market.

10. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

One of the things that makes BlackBerry's special is their own unique operating system. Even if something like this sells it still wouldn't be special any more.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed.

12. shinywindow unregistered

I like bb10 running Android apps on my passport. Only wish it has ir blaster

16. discharge unregistered

Heck looks interesting for sure!! It's all apple vs android anyways so why not blackberry I currently use apple and android so who knows what the future holds?? Maybe try this??

21. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

This phone gonna be a beast ;-)

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Knowing BB makes good phones, I can see myself getting one. Not for T Mo tho. So if BB do try the Android route...its BB and Motorola now that are my favs in Android land. I value reception above all else. Samsung makes good smartphones overall...but they are hit or miss with reception. HTC too. I had a bad experience with LG recently that makes me wary of them now.

25. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

3rd pic white bb slider is on top, camera lens location.or is it just the pic.

29. Mobilephile

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

For me interested and specs aren't bad either

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