More images of BlackBerry's 'Venice' slider appear; may hit all four major U.S. carriers upon arrival

More images of BlackBerry's 'Venice' slider appear; may hit all four major U.S. carriers upon arrival
There's been a lot of recent chatter pertaining to the BlackBerry 'Venice' slider smartphone, which, the last we heard, will be launched in November. Perpetual informant Evan Blass has thrown a bit more weight behind the previous reports under his @evleaks Twitter handle, suggesting that the device is "confirmed" for a November arrival. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of his latest leak, however, is the suggestion that said handset will be available on all four major U.S. carriers -- AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile -- right off the bat. 

The day of the slider smartphone seems long gone at a time when most handsets offer fairly similar fundamentals. For the most part, the market is awash with slimline devices featuring large displays that take care of most functionality. But the slider is being treated to something of a renaissance under BlackBerry, and in the case of the forthcoming 'Venice' handset, the mechanism will provide quick access to the company's famous hardware keyboard. 

According to Blass, who's usually accurate on such matters, the Big Four will all be indulging:


The device has been spotted in pictures frequently these past few weeks, and we know that it'll have curved edges somewhat akin to Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge+. Along with the tweet, Blass also rolled out some new renders showcasing the device -- one of which more than implies that Google Play will be part of the package:


The device is set to pack a strong feature set, including a 5.4-inch, 1440 x 2560 QHD display, Snapdragon 808 SoC and 3 GB of RAM. With broad carrier support, apparent Android tendencies and the choice of physical or touch-based keyboards, one wouldn't be surprised if this became a real success story for BlackBerry. 

What do you think -- has the latest information rendered the BB Venice a more enticing potential acquisition? Before you decide, take a little look at this bonus image dropped by Blass shortly after his initial tweet:


Thoughts?

source: evleaks via CrackBerry

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33 Comments

1. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

oh wow, reminds me of my Dad's Nokia E65. bring back the slider :D

12. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Hell yeah. That's what m talking about. Looks great. Has Sammy produced those curved displays for BB?

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes. They have worked with BlackBerry in conjunction on the Slider.

32. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

i may not b a curved display as Blackberry used to curves the bezels of their phones like that one

2. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

Just awesome.

3. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Decent specs, nice design but poor bellow the average camera quality like every other BB phone. Even worse than HTC's potato cameras.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering that it's rumored that Samsung worked with them on the camera, I doubt it will be as poor as you say.

31. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

The Passport camera was on par or better than flagships released in 2014. Many reviews support that. It has a vastly better camera than the One M9 that was released this year.

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Hmmmm.. So a keyboard slides out??? Why?

24. Chidoro44

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Why not? Some people want keyboards. If you don't, you can choose from every other smartphone not from BB on the market

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because keyboard below square screen is proven fail

29. Chidoro44

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

For you Bit then you can go and purchase the other 999 phones available and be Jones the wiser

5. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Such a late release

6. xtplnet

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Dell Venue Pro = BlackBerry's 'Venice, but I am sure if they are able to keep the price down and with thse awersome configuration, it will sell like hot cake !!

27. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

$350 is the right price for this phone (same class with oneplustwo and moto x style)

33. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Dell Venue Pro is the most beautiful phone ever released. It also had the worst camera ever released.

7. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

This looks really interesting.

9. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

It will be a success if its released by November. Integrate blackberry hub, a blackberry ui, and blackberry like multi tasking and it will be a contender. Fingerprint scanner should be there also since blackberry is all about security.

40. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

IMO finger scanners or any biometrics shouldn't be used as security passwords because if one of them is known then the victim would be in problem that he can't change it . It is like a strong password that is used on many places and can't be change ,if some one hacks it then it is over. I hope finger scanners don't be that high and common profile security.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Guess the "rumors" were true after all. Blackberry has sold their souls in order to stay afloat. The rise of Droidberry.

34. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No Grasshopper, they didn't sell their souls. It's called business. Samsung needed security for their Knox system, enter BlackBerry. For BB to gain some traction, they needed help from the world's foremost OEM (in terms of sales) to develop a knockout device. In nature they call it a symbiotic relationship in which each party helps the other without invading each other's turf. It's a beautiful thing unless you're HTC, Motorola or Sony. If this device is well received it'll be the death knell for those 3 companies. Few, if any, companies can match BlackBerry's quality. Now, with Android on board, what's going to be the excuse for not buying one? Apple loyalists need not respond.

14. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Bring it on Blackberry, surprise us :)

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Until we hear confirmation from BlackBerry themselves, this is still all a rumor. That being said, IF this turns out to be true, I hope BlackBerry finds great success with it, selling as many to fill several football stadiums ten times over. I will be buying the BB10 version, though. There is another rumor that says the device will be announced next month. We shall see. IF true, it will be interesting to see how well it's received and sells.

19. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Any word of release dates outside the states?

21. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I wanna know about it too, this might be my next phone. Hope it won't disappoint.

22. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This should be interesting, I wonder how much of bb10 will remain. Dual boot or bb10 plus playstore.

23. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

BlackBerry, you have my attention. Security? BlackBerry quality? (They have always had great hardware.) Legendary BlackBerry call quality? Physical keyboard on my favorite all time form factor- the portrait slider?? Let's see this thing hit the same time as the Lumia 940/940XL, and I will have the most fun decision to make on phones since 2010-ish. *starts rubbing hands excitedly, stares at calendar*

25. Chidoro44

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I hope typing on a long phone like that isn't awkward. I have visions of the thing shaking up and down while typing on the bottom of the device like that

28. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

if it created like samsung's or nokia's side slide keyboard, it will stay in place (but might slighty wobly when closed) but samsung's bottom slider from older generation is really solid

41. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I thought that about the Passport until I bought one. Most of the weight is at the bottom so the phone is pretty stable.

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