BlackBerry Venice (with Android and Quad HD screen) to be launched by AT&T

BlackBerry Venice (with Android and Quad HD screen) to be launched by AT&T
The BlackBerry Venice is an unannounced handset that should - according to rumors - be released sometime later this year, possibly in November. While BlackBerry has obviously not confirmed the existence of the Venice, Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) now says that the smartphone is "AT&T-bound." It's not clear when AT&T is planning to release the device, though we assume it's going to happen before the end of the year.

It's said that the BlackBerry Venice is a high-end slider with a hardware QWERTY keyboard, a 5.4-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, and a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor. Interestingly, the screen of the Venice might be curved, just like the dual-curve screen of Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge. Other features might include 3 GB of RAM, a 5 MP front-facing camera, and an 18 MP rear camera.

The Venice might not be BlackBerry's first Android handset. Reportedly, a low-end model (codenamed Prague and resembling the BlackBerry Z3) could be launched before it, possibly in August.

Not long ago, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that his company would release an Android handset only if it could make Android "secure enough." Do you think this will indeed happen?


source: @evleaks

FEATURED VIDEO

30 Comments

1. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

I would so buy it if it happened.

4. waddup121 unregistered

Black berry...y'all smart now!

29. Shocky unregistered

So long as they don't mess with the Android interface to too much this could be a good device. I suspect it will be an Amazon like approach which will just ruin the whole experience. We''ll see, nice job coping the Edge though.

2. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I would be interested in this phone! I really want the 2015 Nexus 5, or maybe the next Motorola X - if my carrier even receives these phones! One can hope! But this would be an amazing phone!

3. wrm2013

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

That's B.S. man. Carrier exclusive in 2015 = stupid. I wanted this.

5. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Man i hate Blackberry! but why it's so capable of creating such gorgeous device. I don't know if i could resist this temptation, Blackberry once so popular in Indonesia (probably the most) & now they had a chance to comeback.

14. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

What does that mean had a chance to comeback.. Blackberry has always been a game changer it just took fools like you this long to realize it. Blackberry is back Bitches...

27. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

You think they will succeed? Who knows? Genius like you? I'm experianced with blackberry & i know what i'm saying. Both Samsung & Apple device would still on top of people choice, and considering chinese manufacturer like Xiaomi the chance for blackberry was slim.

6. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

if evan says so ...

7. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Looks like BlackBerry may be a dual OS OEM. I agree that the carrier exclusive nonsense is crap, but maybe it'll be released soon afterwards to other carriers. Or maybe At&t either requested this handset or is the only carrier to jump on it.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22064; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not a fan of this, but if it's going to happen, BlackBerry needs to pull out all the stops on this one. The Android space is loaded with competition. Carrier exclusivity will kill it, though.

15. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

What's not to be a fan of? The Android portion obviously.. I loved blackberry 10 but guess what for all the rest they will need this to wake them up and smell the blackberry. Once they realize blackberry still exists and how great it is people will come back to it and maybe even try BB 10 regardless they will come out winners because who has a Blackberry with Android, double curved display with a slide out keyboard? Nobody!

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22064; Member since: May 28, 2014

My concern is twofold: 1) If it doesn't sell well, BlackBerry gets an even worse rap than they already have. 2) If it does sell well and Chen manages to completely secure Android in the process, then what incentive does he have to continue development of BB10? I want BB10 on my BlackBerry, not Android. If I want Android, I'll buy a Samsung Android handset.

16. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

And how cool would it be to have a Blackberry again regardless of the OEM. someone will ask what phone are you using.. you say Blackberry womp womp they will say they still make those than you pop out that beauty and people will feel stupid haha

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22064; Member since: May 28, 2014

That already happens now every time someone sees my Passport. And they are completely wowed by BB10. Every. Time.

9. JoeDirt

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

Give it a rest Blackberry.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22064; Member since: May 28, 2014

You first.

12. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Give it a rest dirty Joe.

11. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

this sounds awesome! Im on AT&T so this might be my nenexphone if true.

13. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

Why AT&T just sell it unlocked on the blackberry site and avertise it like crazy no one is going to come in AT&T asking for it I know I work for them and no one even remember blackberry in the stores just be on your own blackberry now I can't buy one until there's a official unlocked model ughhhhhh.

17. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Who has to ask for it? You see it from a distance and one look and feel is all you need.. Have you ever heard of love at first sight? lol

18. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Blackberry just end your existence already. Enough is enough

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Funny, I was thinking the same about you.

22. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

We were ALL thinking the same thing about him.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22064; Member since: May 28, 2014

That dimwit is still around?

19. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Come on BB, stay true to yourself. Hopefully this isn't the beginning of them abandoning their qnx os because consumers need more choices and it's better for competition.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22064; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. It will be one less choice in the smartphone space if development of BB10 stops somewhere down the line because of this.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is fine. Test the waters. If it works, great. If not, back to regular business. I agree carrier exclusivity is gonna hurt it. One thing Samsung did to capture most of the profits is have phones on all carriers. And for them to launch around the same time on all carriers. But if a company was to launch on other carriers, what do they judge as enough interest to go to more carriers? And since I value reception .....I would pick up this phone if I had the chance to. I'm just not a fan of the slide out QWERTY anymore.

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I would love it if their "secure" Android version has a built in GUI for controlling every basic and advanced app permission. In other words, XPrivacy built in. Android is such a privacy invading experience, would consider any manufacturer who takes that concern seriously and provides a solution.

30. GreenZone

Posts: 146; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

blackberry with android OS? Take my money...

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.