Fresh Leaks of BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY)’s Android Phone Surfaced


Fresh images and other details about the suspected BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) Venice smartphone have surfaced. For the most part, the newly leaked details of BlackBerry’s first Android handset confirm earlier rumors. It is speculated that Venice will arrive in November in the U.S.

Sliding keyboard

The freshly leaked images show a BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) smartphone equipped with slide-out physical keyboard. The sliding QWERTY keyboard on the rumored Venice device looks like an attempt by BlackBerry to try and appeal to consumers and enterprise users alike. BlackBerry’s faithful fan base has come to appreciate physical keyboard on their handsets, and BlackBerry isn’t trying to disappointment, according to leaks.

Software details

The new leaks render more details of the Android-based Venice smartphone. It is emerging that Venice will shop with keyboard shortcuts for easy operation when performing tasks such as composing new email and doing local search. The strategy of keyboard shortcuts should also help with productivity functions.

The app menu on the Venice device is also shown displaying apps that will be able to adjust in size depending on the frequency of usage.

Camera capability

Earlier rumors cited that BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s Venice smartphone will come with an 18MP snapper at the back. The new leaks don’t dispute the earlier revealed camera details.

BlackBerry’s Android-powered Venice is reportedly equipped with a Snapdragon 808 processor from Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) that clocks 1.8GHz. The fresh leaks also point to the device featuring 3GB of RAM. The phones display is cited at 5.4-inch.

If the rumors are true, the BlackBerry Venice will arrive in November and will be available at all the four major U.S. carriers.

Pricing details of Venice remain unknown, but more details will likely continue to emerge as the launch date approaches. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has remained silent regarding details of its first Android-based smartphone. The company is reportedly adopting Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android on its smartphones to try to reinvigorate its hardware business.