BlackBerry Vienna leaks out, could be BlackBerry's second Android smartphone

BlackBerry Vienna leaks out, could be BlackBerry's second Android smartphone
Remember those rumors about an Android version of the BlackBerry Passport? While such a device might never exist, it looks like BlackBerry is working on a new Android handset that has an always visible QWERTY keyboard - unlike the Priv, which features a hidden keyboard that's revealed only if you slide the display up. The handset that we're talking about is codenamed Vienna - this name kind of makes sense, since the Priv was codenamed Venice (in case you don't know, Vienna and Venice are both famous European cities).

CrackBerry has what seem to be the first images of the BlackBerry Vienna, with the mention that this might not be the device's final design. The handset doesn't seem to have the premium look of the BlackBerry Priv, and we assume it's going to be a cheaper product. There's a lot of bezel around the display of the Vienna, and we can also see three physical Android keys just above the QWERTY keyboard. Rear and front-facing cameras are also visible.

Unfortunately, there's no word on when we should expect BlackBerry to announce the Vienna (or whatever it's going to be called when it hits the market), but we're looking forward to finding out more about it. How about you: would you be interested in buying a BlackBerry Android smartphone like this?


source: CrackBerry

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69 Comments

70. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

At least it will be more secure than most android out there!

66. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Come to me Nokia Asha 303, come to me.

49. warrenellis93

Posts: 566; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Since my first smartphone was a blackberry with a trackball which was cool in 07 or 08 i think it would be hilarious if blackberry was #1 again. Leaving samsung and apple scratching their heads, like i thought you were dead

47. warrenellis93

Posts: 566; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

This looks like a possible budget device because the camera looks small. Glad blackberry is using android now i just hope boost mobile gets an android blackberry, probably not going to happen but it would be nice

44. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

41. stuck_788

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

I would buy only if is a high-end specs phone

61. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Lol typical android fan response haha.

40. tiger28

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

I am excited especially if it has the same camera they have on the BB Priv. Its been getting decent reviews

39. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

That looks nicer than the priv I think. I still think their best seller will be a Z10 or Z30 successor with no physical keyboard and Android though.

32. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Haha what's up with blackberry using European city names with the letter V for their phone prototypes? First venice, now Vienna, what's next, Verona? Kind of odd but still make some good products.

15. redmd

Posts: 1965; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Thay should have done this years ago.

14. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

So sad there's a physical keyboard.

21. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Physical keyboards are actually nice, I read some reviews including PA review of the PRIV and they were all complaining that its faster to type on the screen and the keyboard was not needed except Crackberry. You know the reason? John V. Had been using an Android or an iPhone for years now and is used to on-screen keyboard already, but blackberry users would find the keyboard 5 times much easier than on-screen keyboard cos that is what they are familiar with. Q10, passport, classic made more sales than z10, z30 cos of keyboards!

34. czvezda

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Problem is those core users aren't going to save BB. Physical keyboards don't cater to the masses... and don't give me the "BB serving a niche" bs, it's a business. The security is what will pull people to the phones, not the physical keyboard. OEM's are moving toward near-stock builds with little differentiation in terms of features. What none of those phones have are comprehensive security like on BB's, that should be their target. Give us a normal flagship phone on android!

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 23029; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you seriously believe that the physical keyboard will not play a good part in bringing individuals to the Priv, then you haven't been paying attention to the Internet. The PKB is one of the main ways BlackBerry will differentiate from every other "me too" slab that populates the Android ecosystem.

64. Subie

Posts: 2463; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I also think of build quality as well as call quality. I know call quality isn't high up on most peoples requirements when looking for a phone but I definitely consider it. And as far as a communications device is concerned BlackBerry has always been among the top of the field!

11. justReLaxx

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

I'd love to see a landscape slide out keyboard. Take the Passport, increase the screen to cover the first two rows of the keyboard (maybe more), then put a landscape slide out keyboard. BAM! I think I would like it a lot.

9. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

They might be seeing some success with the Priv if they're considering making another phone like this.

20. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Out sold on amazon and can't meet demands at shop.blackberry.com I mean when was the last time this happened to blackberry? Believe or not, Christmas is already taking place at BlackBerry's HQ

23. Subie

Posts: 2463; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Limited runs of the Passport sold out last year too. That's the last time this happened to BlackBerry.

7. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I dont like this design, Priv desing looks better at least for me.

16. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

It was suppose to be an affordable model, most times affordable models of phones don't always look great.

25. Subie

Posts: 2463; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Well the article does say that this might not be the final design.

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Can't wait for the Blackberry Baroque, Renaissance and Edo (Japan Exclusive) to be released to selective markets respectively.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 23029; Member since: May 28, 2014

This looks great! Kind of like a hybrid between the Passport and Classic, only longer. IMO, it even looks better than the Priv.

19. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Looks better than the priv?? Have you visited your optician today? You really should.

24. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

It's his opinion, which he is entitled to.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 23029; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thank you. He clearly doesn't understand the meaning of the word.

28. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

I'm eager to see the next Android Blackberry flagship. If I didn't have the Note 5 or iPhone 6s, I'd be all over the Priv because that's one sexy device.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 23029; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed it is. It's one of the best looking decvices to come out this year.

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