More Pics of Android-Powered BlackBerry Leak (QWERTY and All)

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Blackberry’s Android phone leaked in full glory: Keyboard slider shown.

Rumors of BlackBerry working on an Android-powered handset have been swirling for months. With early renders of the purported device, dubbed BlackBerry Venice, the rumours were strengthened, courtesy popular tipster @evleaks and a leaked footage of the company’s own event where the device was showed off.

The Vietnamese language site Techrum (Google Translate link) recently published images of what it claims are images of BlackBerry’s Venice phone, complete with slide out keyboard. The rumoured BlackBerry Venice will feature a 5.4-inch display with a Quad-HD (1440 x 2560) resolution, powered by a 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor paired with 3GB RAM. Vietnam-based news outlet Tinhte showed even more of the leaker’s photos on its site, including the device’s rough backplate, which is seemingly designed to make it easier to hold.

The new images are in line with previous leaks, especially the leaked render that Evleaks shared on Twitter in early July and then again in mid-August. While BlackBerry OS 10 didn’t get huge support but some of the features like Blackberry Hub, gesture support, time shift camera and BlackBerry Link were nifty. If the photos are real and BlackBerry finally launches an Android-based handset in the future, it would represent a significant moment for the company. Indeed, for years before the iPhone launched in 2007, BlackBerry devices were known as a “crackberry.” But as the market changed and customers sought touch-based devices, BlackBerry was slow to react.

The story behind the story: Interest in the BlackBerry platform has been lagging for some time; however, the company’s Android experiment isn’t necessarily about joining the ranks of HTC, LG, and Samsung. The company’s much-anticipated touch-friendly mobile operating system BlackBerry 10 took excruciatingly long to launch, and now the company owns just a sliver of the mobile market. While we can safely believe that a BlackBerry slider smartphone that runs on Android exists, we will have to wait till November when the company is expected to formally launch the device.

While BlackBerry hasn’t ignored market realities—the company has brought its messaging application BBM iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, and supports Amazon’s Android-based Appstore on its devices—the company continues to believe that it can be successful in smartphones by combining its physical keyboard with touch displays. Earlier this month, after smartphone-leaker Evan Blass posted a photo and video of Venice on his Twitter account @evleaks, BlackBerry told CNBC that it is “committed to the BlackBerry 10 operating system,” adding that it believes its platform “provides security and productivity benefits that are unmatched.”

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