BlackBerry Android Smartphone Leaked in Photo; Venice Tipped for AT&T
Last week BlackBerryCEO John Chen said that the company would make an Android handset only if it could make it secure enough. BlackBerry’s move to embrace Android might finally be setting its path. A new leak was spotted on Twitter which showcased a new product render from BlackBerry which is codenamed Venice, and is tipped to launch on AT&T.
Evan Blass aka @Evleaks posted the above image as well which looks like the lower-front half of the smartphone. It looks similar to the company’s Passport smartphone. In other features, the smartphone also has navigation keys such as the Home button, Back button and Multi-Window as well.
The BlackBerry Venice smartphone is said to sport a 5.4-inch QHD display with a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution. It will be powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 808 processor paired with 3GB RAM. The device will sport a dual-edge curved display and will come equipped with a 18MP rear camera along with a 5MP front facing camera.
According to a previous report, it is not clear whether a move to use Android would spell the end of the company’s BlackBerry 10 line of devices that were initially launched to much fanfare in early 2013. After positive early reviews, the late-to-launch BlackBerry devices haven’t competed well with Android or Apple, mainly due to a lack of big name apps.
BlackBerry, which once dominated the smartphone market, has seen its market share drop to under 1 percent, as the iPhone and a slew of Android devices from Samsung have captured market share. John Chen, a turnaround expert brought in to fix its slide, is now pivoting BlackBerry to focus more on its well-regarded software and device management business.
From the past rumours and leaks, the BlackBerry Venice slider smartphone is said to sport a dual-edge curved display. Also tipped is the inclusion of 5.4-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display, a 1.8GHz hexa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM, an 18-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.