The yet to be announced BlackBerry Venice slider is rumoured to run Android with BlackBerry services slapped on top. According to previous reports, the smartphone will be released towards the end of the year – possibly in November. According to a serial leaker, the biggest network operator in the US, AT&T, will be offering the device to its customers.
The serial leaker in question is none other than Evan Blass (aka @evleaks). He tweeted, “The Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider is AT&T-bound.”
The Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider is AT&T-bound.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 2, 2015
According to past reports, the BlackBerry Venice slider is a high-end device with a physical QWERTY keyboard, a 5.4-inch curved screen (just like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge) with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor with four ARM Cortex-A53, two ARM Cortex-A57 cores, and an Adreno 418 GPU, and 3 GB of RAM. It is rumoured that the Venice will run Android.
Past reports are also saying that the Venice may not be the first device made by BlackBerry to run Android. Word on the street is an entry-level device bearing the code name “Praque,” which looks a lot like the BlackBerry Z3, could be launched in August.
The question is, will BlackBerry-made smartphones running Android see the light of day? Well, BlackBerry CEO John Chen once said that the Canadian phone maker would launch Android handsets if they could make the OS “secure enough.” We’ll just have to wait and see.
Responding to Blass’ tweet, Twitter account @_quenquen said that the BlackBerry Venice headed to AT&T is “one of the variants.” He (or she) adds that the Venice “will come with BlackBerry 10 Edition and Android Edition packed with BlackBerry Experience.”
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