We ve already heard a lot about the upcoming BlackBerry Android smartphones and the leaks just don t seem to stop. A couple of weeks ago, images of the alleged BlackBerry Venice surfaced online. The latest is a hands-on video that shows the Android smartphone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard in action. Also Read - Blackberry 5G smartphone 2021 comeback confirmed again, to bring physical keyboardsAlso Read - Blackberry is coming back once more, will debut in 2021 with a flagship keyboard phone
Posted by Baka Mobile, the four minute video offers a sneak peek at the handset s design, user interface and some of the BlackBerry services that come pre-loaded. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
The smartphone is running on stock version of Android Lollipop with some handy features in tow. For starters, there is double-tap to wake and shortcuts for BlackBerry Hub, Google Services and Universal Search to look for documents, contacts, songs, and other content. Just like the BlackBerry Passport, the QWERTY keyboard on the Venice also supports capacitive touch to scroll through the page. This feature can come handy while surfing the web.
The presenter has also noted that the handset is comfortable to hold and its build quality is pretty good too. The slider is properly housed in the chassis and it slides up and down very easily. The left panel has a power/sleep button, right panel has volume rocker with smart action key. At the bottom, there is a microUSB port and a 3.5mm audio jack, whereas the SIM card and microSD card slots sit at the top. The speaker is located just below the screen.
On the hardware front, the BlackBerry Venice is rumored to sport a 5.4-inch QHD display along with a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard. It could be powered by Snapdragon 808 hexa-core SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone is also expected to sport an 18-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5-megapixel front facing selfie unit.