New clearer images get up close with the BlackBerry 'Venice' slider

New clearer images get up close with the BlackBerry 'Venice' slider
BlackBerry may not be the force it once was in the consumer smartphone market, but there's certainly a degree of excitement and anticipation for its next release. The device codenamed 'Venice' has already been leaked ad nauseam, and besides taking us on a trip down memory lane with the slide-out keyboard mechanism, another draw seems to be the handset's heavy investment in Google's Android. BB10, like Microsoft's Windows Phone software, has often failed to court a market heavily influenced by iOS and Android. But if the idea of a BlackBerry running on Android Lollipop piques your interest, then the Canadian firm's upcoming smartphone may just take your fancy. 

It's fair to say that with this new-found push for Android-powered smartphones, BlackBerry is finally being dragged into the modern era. After retaining tradition while the iPhone and later Android changed the shape of an industry it once dominated, BB's market share began to plummet dramatically. Where the move to broaden the horizons of BlackBerry Messenger smacked of desperation, though, the decision to roll with Android makes logical sense, and for those wooed by the idea of a sliding physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Venice seems a very appealing prospect. 

With several glimpses of the device already under our belt, the latest batch of images offer plenty more food for thought. The SIM and microSD slots, for example, are placed atop the handset rather than at the side. Where leaked images are normally blurry -- despite the ubiquity of top-notch cameras -- these snaps are clear enough to see specs of dust, giving us our most vivid look yet at what's next from BlackBerry. 

Apparently, this one isn't going to arrive until November, and with IFA incoming, plenty of other major smartphone announcements will be made prior to its release. 

Still, if you are interested, take a look at the newly-leaked images below, and be sure, as ever, to drop your thoughts in the comments. 

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1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Sweeeeeet! The more I see the images of the alleged BlackBerry Venice, the more I'm beginning to like it! (I say "alleged", because I'm waiting for confirmation from BlackBerry themselves).

15. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

You don't need to wait for confirmation, it's already obvious that they're preparing for their first ever Android smartphone which I believe that many people including me are exciting for. BlackBerry know what they're doing, they don't wanna ruin the surprise.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

If I choose to wait for confirmation from BlackBerry, what's it to you? That's my business.

30. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

don't be harsh he just wanted to assure you and make you feel more confident about this handset!

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

If that was the case, there is a better way to go about it. But me choosing to wait for confirmation from BlackBerry really is my business and no one else's. Perhaps I know something more about the handset that others don't, which is why I'm waiting for BlackBerry to confirm it.

37. willard12 unregistered

It's no one else's business. It's something that should be left between you, God, and the thousands of people you volunteered to share it with in the comments section of a website.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't give a damn what I commented in the comments section, he could have chosen not to reply to me. He did, and he got a response from me. End of story.

80. leeTronix

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Wow. Calm, yourself what is with your attitude, he was not being offensive or anything. And when you comment your leaving a comment on a public commenting reply site. You are better not partaking. Don't dish it if you cant take it no one likes wimp or an idiot.

81. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Dude, this was how long ago?! And now you wanna bring your Johnny-come-lately comment into the mix? Go sit down and be quiet with your lame BS.

69. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Calm down! dam it's just a phone. Probably the best Blackberry phone ever but you have issues

71. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

More groupie girls? Get off me, I've got enough already.

36. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Ah, people are harsh nowadays, but I'm used to it, no matter. I can understand why he's acting like that, he's afraid that BlackBerry will not make a BB10 version of the Venice and he didn't like the "Android powered BlackBerry" since the first rumor. That's why he kept saying confimation...confirmation...confirmation...in BlackBerry Venice related articles. I gotta say that he's very selfish, and he's becoming quite arrogant lately.

38. willard12 unregistered

Look, he already told you, he's entitled to his opinion. But, you're not entitled to yours. You have no right to comment about someone else's comment. Phone arena should remove the "reply" option.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

I never told him he has no right to his opinion. He most certainly does. But I have a right to respond to anyone replying to me as I see fit. Don't like it? I couldn't care less.

44. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Look, what I said was just a suggestion, and I respect his opinion. It's already obvious that BlackBerry is preparing their first Android smartphone, they've been hinting us till the level that's obvious. What does he mean by "confirmation"? It's no difference by saying "I'm waiting for the launch day", and who in the world will suddenly make a confirmation of their next big thing before the thing even officially launches? That will definitely ruin the surprise. Common sense. If he didn't get harsh in the first place, I wouldn't say so much about it. And yes, I agree that PA should remove the "Reply" button to stop the pointless arguments. Please make that happen, PA.

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

At least be man enough to respond directly to me as opposed to talking about me. Don't be like certain iOS fans here that stalk BlackBerry articles just to troll them. I respect your opinion as well, but if you really read any of these articles, BLACKBERRY hasn't "hinted" at anything. This is all stuff from sources other than BlackBerry. I say "confirmation" because I want to hear it from the proverbial "horses" mouth. I want to hear/read that BlackBerry confirmed. I happen to know quite a bit about which OS this handset will actually be running, be it Android, BB10 or both. But before I jump on the "BlackBerry is going Android" bandwagon, I want confirmation. And confirmation will come before "release day". Confirmation on handsets always do. THAT'S common sense. Asking you "what's it to you" is not getting harsh. I want to know, why do you even care if I say I want confirmation? Why does it bother so many here that I say that? But yeah, I wish they would remove the reply button. Then you and I wouldn't be having this conversation in the first place.

52. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

Allow me to pitch in! I am excited too! Actually, I'm still hoping for a BB10 version with access to Google Play! And with that slider form and good camera, I'll be a peach! But coming to these rants, I agree with Kruze. Meanest, stop being so personal man! and usually I agree with your logic, but I've to say after reading the above ones, you come across awfully arrogant! Meanest - True Genius - Not so much! lol, had to use that! Boy, I'm excited about the Venice!

56. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Um, and you are...?

47. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol +1. Feels like you can't share an opinion these days.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Arrogant? Like you on Sony articles? And you're gonna feel really foolish when BlackBerry "officially" announces the Venice. Let's you and I revisit this article when that happens, shall we?

55. Reticulum93

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 29, 2015

Dude...Get your panties out of a bunch. Seriously.

57. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Created an account just to say that to me? How sweet! I've got a new groupie girl!

58. Reticulum93

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 29, 2015

Point proven. Moving on.

59. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're right. I did prove my point. Bye Felicia!

64. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

It's quite funny how all of you act like biased little children, it amuses me. -Sips some Green Tea with a hint of lemon extract- Huehuehue☻✌

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Um, and you're doing what, exactly?

66. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Nothing actually, I'm just reading Mythology by Edith Hamilton.

67. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great!

82. Reticulum93

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 29, 2015

Annnnnnnndddddd.....there it is

74. Recycle-bin

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 30, 2015

crap just crap

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