More images of BlackBerry's 'Venice' slider appear; may hit all four major U.S. carriers upon arrival
posted by Ben R. / Aug 19, 2015, 1:44 AM
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:
source: evleaks via CrackBerry
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oh wow, reminds me of my Dad's Nokia E65. bring back the slider :D
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 1:59 AM 7
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Hell yeah. That's what m talking about. Looks great. Has Sammy produced those curved displays for BB?
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 2:59 AM 2
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Decent specs, nice design but poor bellow the average camera quality like every other BB phone. Even worse than HTC's potato cameras.
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 2:09 AM 1
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Hmmmm.. So a keyboard slides out??? Why?
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 2:13 AM 2
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because keyboard below square screen is proven fail
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 6:03 AM 1
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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 !!
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 2:17 AM 4
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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.
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 2:39 AM 3
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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.
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 5:30 PM 1
Guess the "rumors" were true after all. Blackberry has sold their souls in order to stay afloat. The rise of Droidberry.
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 3:02 AM 1
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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.
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 9:46 AM 6
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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.
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 3:39 AM 5
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Any word of release dates outside the states?
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 3:46 AM 4
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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*
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 5:12 AM 4
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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
posted on Aug 19, 2015, 6:02 AM 1
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