One of BlackBerry's upcoming Android phones may look like this

What we're seeing below might be the lower half of one of BlackBerry's upcoming Android smartphones. Recent rumors have it that the Canadian company is getting ready to launch at least two Android-based handsets this year. One of them, codenamed BlackBerry Venice, should be a high-end slider with a curved Quad HD screen, while another one, codenamed BlackBerry Prague, is expected to resemble the low-end BlackBerry Z3.

But the device seen in the render below - posted today on Twitter by @evleaks - doesn't look like a slider, and neither like the Z3. Instead, it seems to resemble the BlackBerry Passport, which, just like this new handset, has a 3-row hardware QWERTY keyboard. If this is indeed a Passport-like handset, it's probably going to be a pretty wide device with high-end features (and also a high price).

The software buttons that can be noticed on the handset's display suggest that this BlackBerry is running Android Lollipop. Unfortunately, for now there's not much else that we know about the device.

Last month, BlackBerry CEO John Chen talked about the possibility of launching Android smartphones, mentioning that it would build one only if it could make it "secure enough." Seeing all the latest rumors, and now this new render, we're inclined to believe that BlackBerry managed to make Android as secure as it wanted to. We assume BlackBerry will soon announce something about all this.


source: @evleaks

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43 Comments

1. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Double keyboards? That seems useless.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

At least you have the option to use which kind of keyboard you want to.

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2362; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I believe this is a fake render. If you look closely on the bottom left side of the supposed screen you can clearly see it sticks out from the normal screen. Also, the picture resolution of the screen is higher than the picture resolution of the actual device (look at how the letter P seems to be a lot more blurry than the 123 on the screen). If this is a supposed render, then the entire photo would be in high resolution, not just one part. Sorry, not buying it. Also, fyi, @evleaks revealing that the latest Blackberry will launch on AT&T is like a no-brainer. AT&T has supported Blackberry wholeheartedly before, so it just makes sense that they would support them again.

16. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

No not entirely. Verizon has always been a huge seller of blackberry since the iPhone was originally for ATT in 2007. I do believe this is a fake picture though

13. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Hardware keyboard had letters, on screen one has numbers and characters

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

But there's an "ABC" button on the virtual keyboard, which means it has letters as well. Probably just a render, but it's a stupid render.

14. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Haha yeah, defiantly get rid of that on screen one if they're keeping the physical one, which they should.

2. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Release a slider like the Samsung Epic or the HTC Touch Pro 2 and you MIGHT sell them.

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Could this be an Android-powered BlackBerry Passport? Anyways, can't wait for the Venice running Android, might be my first ever BlackBerry phone.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Will be very interesting to see how this all turns out, especially if all of these BlackBerry/Android rumors are just that: rumors.

6. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I would purchase that in a heart beat.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I would love to have physical keyboard on phone. That's why I bought the Motorola Milestone phones.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thats why I got the Droid 1. Coming from Win Mo, Samsung Win Mo in particular...I thought I needed a physicla keyboard in case the screen sucked. Turns out it was the type of screen and the phone overall just sucked. The Droid 1 and the iPhone showed me if you have a decent screen you dont need a physical keyboard. Wanting one is another story.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You are right touch screen keyboard has come a long way especially with spell check and third parties keyboards. Still the tactic feel of pressing a button can't be simulated 100%.

8. waddup121 unregistered

Good stuff

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just don't make a keyboard case. Blackberry might sue.

19. gaming64 unregistered

Just don't make a keyboard case with Blackberry designs. BTW, you gotta get ready for @meanestgenius.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Can't keep me out of your mouth, can you? Tastes that good, huh?

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol yup talk about hitting a hornets nest.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Like you on Apple related articles?

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No meanest not at all

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can lie all you want. The facts are here on PA for all to see.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The fact that you're like a hornet on a period if you say one bad thing about Blackberry? Sure

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the blind $#33p that attacks anyone that sneezes in Apples direction.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Your head is stuck so far up Chen's bottom that it alters your perception quite a bit.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the guy that worships at Tim Cooks $@(#.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

At least his @$$ poops money while you and Chen just poop bricks.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're acting like it's your money. Unless...Tim probably pays you good money for keeping his $@*k on your chin.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And your acting like blackberry and Chen are your little dolls or something.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

That was as lame as your attempts to say that you don't relate to an Imp infatuated with a male kryptonian.

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