BlackBerry Venice slider could launch in November with QHD display, Snapdragon 808 chipset

BlackBerry Venice slider could launch in November with QHD display, Snapdragon 808 chipset
The BlackBerry Venice is a slider that BlackBerry showed off during MWC. As we passed along to you the other day, Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin believes that this will be the Android flavored handset that is rumored to be coming from BlackBerry. Actually, the buzz around the water cooler suggests that BlackBerry will offer two versions of the slider, one packed with Android and the other using BB10.

According to a report published today, the BlackBerry Venice will feature a 5.4-inch screen with curved edges and a resolution of 1440 x 2560. A 64-bit Snapdragon 808 SoC will be under the hood, featuring a hexa-core 1.8GHz CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. 3GB of RAM will be inside, and there will be a rear and front-facing camera combo of 18MP/5MP.

The report adds that this stunning new 'Berry will be available by this November. Whether you're partial to Android or BlackBerry, the Venice looks like it has the chops to make some serious noise in the smartphone marketplace. One major question for BlackBerry. Can they get this device out in time to capitalize on holiday sales?

source: N4BB



1. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm extremely excited to see how this pans out, and thrilled that they'll be keeping a BB 10 option. That being said, November is an absolutely terrible launch window...

2. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

I agree, BB needs to come out with a game changer this year. The passport was a good device but specs where a year behind. Sadly most consumers are spec w***es..

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The specs on the passport were good for what it was on. It's the design that needed work. If only it was all touch screen.

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Spec wise, the Passport was pretty much on point with flagships when it launched. SD 801 + 3GB RAM was kind of the running standard when the device launched in September. It was only in October/November that handsets were launching with the SD 805.

13. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

I doubt most consumers are spec w***es if that was the case, IPhone wouldn't be such a force in the U.S., I bet most consumers have no idea what chip set in on their phones.

17. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Passport used an 801 processor and, while Android manufacturers were preparing to come out with 805s around the time of the Passport, it wasn't like they used a very old processor. The performance difference between an 801 and 805 was very little. In fact, when Tom's Hardware did a test, they found the 805 to benchmark just slightly above (i.e. about 100 points in Antutu) the 801. Now, when it comes to this rumor I think they have it wrong. The reason I say that is because something is telling me that with their partnership with Samsung they would be stupid not to get the Exynos processor, especially considering their partnership would most likely mean a lower chipset price. Not that I would be upset if it used a Snapdragon 808, I just think they would be better off with the Exynos both in terms of performance and efficiency (Blackberry is always known for long battery life, so it would be smart for them to choose the most frugal CPU).

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree. I think it will turn out that BlackBerry will use the Exynos chip instead.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm excited for this beauty as well! Can't wait to see what BB10 does on a 64 bit processor!

4. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

PA day by day becoming the most add populated site and now they are adding posts of other websites which are not safe and virus prone...!!! Maybe its time to go back to GSMArena..!!!

8. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

finally somebody speaking out. the ads are getting more intrusive as well, if you are viewing on mobile.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's worse if you're on an iPhone. The site is pretty much unusable.

14. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

They have to make money somehow, the website is free to use so they need ads to pay for the site.

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They can still do it without using the most annoying and obtrusive ads.

25. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

adblock FTW

5. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

My only concern is that this looks a little top-heavy. I know it's not traditional BB style, but I wish they'd do a side-slider too. I hope someone in the States picks it up (and doesn't alter the design a la ATT and the Passport). I'd really like to try this out. I haven't played with a BB10 phone since the Z10.

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Yeah, 2 handed typing looks like it would be awkward. Still, an interesting concept.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm pretty sure AT&T will pick it up. Or T-Mobile, especially with their newfound "friendship" with BlackBerry.

7. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

It seems as though Blackberry are finally clawing their way back up in the world. I say to them, good look guys, let's see how you go

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not really. They have a very small market share.

28. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

True, but i'd really like to see them get their way back up

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

With BB10 on this beast I'm all over it! The Android version? I'll pass. But it's still a beast!

11. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Blackberry are releasing this phone just before xmas a good idea,but its the Sliding Keyboard that might cause trouble if it pops out while inside a pocket

19. Elijah29

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 03, 2015

Man, that white one is sexy as hell. I'm definitely getting it if it looks like this.

20. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I think this device running Android would be really nice :D

24. Daevos

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 18, 2014

Any possibility of a dual booting (BB10 + android) Venice?

26. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

This phone could ALMOST get me away from my iPhone. Good job, BB.

27. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Android apps have too many ads and often there is no paid version without them. And if it is actually Google Android it will track everything you do unless you turn off certain features but then many apps will not work properly. I own a Nexus 6 and a Passport and I find that the Passport is better built and more productive for common tasks. So it is my daily use phone. I just pull out the Nexus 6 to apply all the updates once every few weeks.

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