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Update: Evan Blass, who has seemingly been the source for all BlackBerry Venice leaks so far, has just given us another taste at BlackBerry’s new Android smartphone. The gif attached to a recent tweet, which is actually quite lengthy, gives us our best look yet at the new device.

So now that you’ve seen it in video form, what say you? Are you any more excited to get your hands on the device? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Original post: Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard a lot about BlackBerry’s upcoming Venice slider smartphone and further renders of the device have leaked along with more information about when we can expect BlackBerry’s new flagship hit the shelves.


According to perennial tipster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), BlackBerry’s slider will hit the shelves in November and will be stocked by all four major US carriers. If true (which is likely, given Evan’s pedigree for leaks), it’s interesting that all the carriers are willing to back the handset and it could be a key step in making sure BlackBerry’s new device sells in volume.

The Venice is expected to have a large display that slides up to reveal BlackBerry’s iconic hardware keyboard and based on previous leaks, along with today’s images, we’re expecting the Venice to have curved edges on the display like Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge.

After revealing the release date and carrier plans, Blass went on to leak some more renders (including a couple that have previously leaked), which reveal that Google Play will be a key part of the handset, which is expected to run on a mostly-stock Android OS. With Android M (aka Android Marshmallow) set for release in the coming weeks, the Venice may even run Google’s new OS at launch and we’d certainly hope so given it will launch a couple of months after Android M.


Alongside the Android OS, the BlackBerry Venice is expected to sport a flagship feature set that includes a 5.4-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) pixel display – likely an AMOLED panel if the curved display is being provided by Samsung – and a Snapdragon 808 processor – like the LG G4 – coupled with 3GB RAM.

The BlackBerry Venice is without doubt a throwback to the past in a modern device and as we’ve seen from Samsung, the keyboard might be dead but it isn’t stopping manufacturers from trying to bring it back. Samsung has already launched a “BlackBerry-inspired” keyboard cover for the S6 Edge but based on the final image that Blass shared, the Venice keyboard looks simply fantastic.


Many people claim that BlackBerry should have adopted Android years ago and the Venice aims to right this; the handset looks to offer a sleek unique design and will be one of the few flagship handsets to feature a keyboard. With Android on-board, a premium specs list and the choice of touch or physical keyboards, this could be a handset that makes BlackBerry popular again.

Personally, I can’t wait for this device to be officially announced but what do you think? Do the Venice leaks entice you enough to potentially be on your buy list? Would you use the keyboard? Let us know your views in the comments below!

Nirave Gondhia
Nirave is one of the Managing Editors and a fan of travel. He's worked in technology for over ten years (including stints at two carriers in the UK) and reported on it for nearly nine years. In my spare time, A big football (soccer to those over the pond) fan and avid supporter of Man United for over 20 years, he reads a lot, loves a cocktails and blogs about travel.
  • Corey Jalette

    Love the keyboard idea. I’ve been wishing for a phone with a keyboard for a while now. The last one other than the regular blackberry was the Samsung sidekick 4g. Can’t wait to see how it works in person but it’s on my list of potential phones. Especially since my upgrade is in November.

  • kaushik ray

    Nice idea, want to buy a balckberry, How about a passport type model running on Android, but with lesser price tag..!!!!

    • sponge eater

      would buy this

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    • onstrike112

      Would NEVER buy this. I like BB10… It’s actually secure.

      • Btort

        android is secure unless you are an idiot who would click yes to anything. if you are not a FBI agent or some sort, you don’t need the “security” blackberry claims it has

        • onstrike112

          I find that hysterical. StageFright and Certifi-Gate both afflict Android, and you can be exploited without doing anything stupid.

          • Xing

            I can’t get over how uneducated some people are when it comes to security! News sites over blow everything in their titles so they get more clicks, gullible people read half the article if even that, assume that everyone is vulnerable to said security glitches. To get the stagefright security issue you have to actually allow it access to your phone! It doesn’t just automatically have access! If that were the case hackers would have already exploited it on everyone’s phone by now. The same goes for almost every security exploit that correlates with android. So if you get hacked, that’s down to your own stupidity not the devices security measurements.

            Besides what do you really have to hide anyway? You’ve probably uploaded half of your life story on Facebook anyway, So what does it matter if they get access to the rest? If you’re that picky about your data keep it on pen & paper instead of electronics. And wear a tinfoil hat while you’re at it.

          • onstrike112

            No, you don’t. You didn’t read how StageFright works at all. I hope you get hacked with it…. via a text message you don’t even have to look at

          • Wolf0491

            I thought it required a MMS not an SMS and if your using old android version you just had to set it to not auto accept MMS messages and you were fine. My phone isn’t vulnerable anyway since I’m on newest update but yeah..

          • onstrike112

            That’s what Google wants you to think but you’re not safe. Good luck

          • Wolf0491

            Lol what? I don’t really care if I’m safe really. I’m not that important of a person. I’m sorry that you are so important that the type of devices you uses are limited.

          • onstrike112

            I may not be important, but money and banking information is to me. So I like having a device that’s secure for the sake ot that.

          • Wolf0491

            Hey to each his own right. (^_-)

          • Wolf0491

            Hey to each his own right

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          • kcz7

            Good luck? Sounds like you yourself are trapped in a cage of delusion. There’s almost no hope for you getting out either. Good luck with that. Hope they feed you at least 3 meals a day. Hilarious~

          • onstrike112

            Sounds the same with you and Google.

          • kcz7

            No, not even a little. I’m a dual user. Android and iOS. Guess what’s not there…. Blackberry bwahahahahaha!!! (and Windows Phone) It’s ok, stay in that little box of delusion. It doesn’t affect me in the slightest.

          • onstrike112

            No, you’ll just be insecure and walled off from the rest of the world.

          • kcz7

            Wishing someone to get hacked? Wow…. get over yourself dude. Matter fact, go Fyourself and take that paranoia with ya. I’ve been with Android since Nov 2009. Guess what, no security flops nor anything messing my phone up. So….. yah, go get bent ya paranoid bumpkin.

          • onstrike112

            Better jaded and paranoid then head buried in the sand, like you are.

          • kcz7

            You’re hilarious. Keep on spewing that hate and jealousy my way. I love it!!

          • onstrike112

            Hate, yes. Jealousy, that’s hysterical.

          • Btort

            only if you open the mms you idiot. hangouts is one of the few that opens the video right away, most sms apps have been updated to protect you from it

          • onstrike112

            That’s what you think. I’ve heard the fix is completely inadequate to fix the flaw.

          • Abdullah Almosalami

            Look, I love Android. I love many of it’s features. But what on Earth man. Stagefright, Certifigate, several fingerprint vulnerabilities (HTC, as well as four others found by researchers that I can’t exactly recall right now), CVE 2015-3825, just yesterday with another vulnerability found in Android’s media processor service, all within the past month. I understand this is when the Black Hat conference took place, but bloody hell, that’s a lot of SEVERE vulnerabilities, especially compared to many of the other OSs. And worse, updates will take forever (or never if you have a phone more than 18 months old, even if it’s a Nexus), and EVEN THEN, the updates still might not fix the problem, like how the first patch for Stagefright didn’t the fix the issue, so you’re logic on how these are JUST attack vectors and not yet exploited in the wild is bound to fail because given enough time, you’re gonna find exploits for sure. Now look, as I said, I love Android. But there’s no doubt there’s a HUGE security problem with Android. And you’re basically encouraging for there to be no care for security, when mind you, if these are exploited, you have A LOT to loose. Most of these vulnerabilities (like the ones involving media processing – Stagefright and the un-named vulnerability yesterday) allow access to the cameras of the phone (pictures and video), microphone, as well as spying and elevated privelages that allow for your credit card information to be leaked, LOCATION, as well as whatever other sensitive information you have on your phone. And even if that isn’t directly exploited, all that can be used for social engineering. I mean there are HUGE risks to not fixing these issues. You can’t downplay them as if they aren’t a problem.

          • kcz7

            There are HUGE risks on any internet connected digital device (phone, tablet, laptop, PC). Can’t worry about them all. You can’t enjoy life to the fullest if you do. I’m not saying don’t be protected…. I’m just saying there’s always gonna be bad stuff in the world. Keep your head screwed on straight and your chin held high. Worrying doesn’t help anyone.

      • AppleBerrySandwich

        BB10 is unlikely going away – secure Android probably can’t get approved some places.

        For my personal phone though – it’s fine.

        • onstrike112

          That’s good to hear… it’s not fine for my personal phone though.

    • AppleBerrySandwich

      I suspect if this slider is successful Blackberry may look at releasing other premium models with secured Android.

      Personally I think that if this slider is well made it could be a big hit. Nothing else like it on the market.

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  • Juang Bo

    it will be very good if the phone is not that heavy and bulky…

  • abhisheksaral

    ?Take my Money!!

    • AppleBerrySandwich

      I agree – if this is made well and has the Blackberry HUB built in I am all in. I would pre-order today.

  • 4ron

    This new device will put BlackBerry back on the map. Expect a high quality BlackBerry build with the best keyboards on the market.

    • Karly Johnston

      Yeah, Apple maps…

  • LuiGi

    SOLD!! Looks great. If they can combine a good software (near stock experience ) with this outstanding design Blackberry have a winner on their hands.

  • neonix

    I’m very excited for this device and can’t wait to try one out in person.

    I wonder what it’ll cost… And I wonder how it’ll feel when the keyboard is extended.

  • MY

    Might reconsider BBM when this will be released ;-)

  • Rodimus Prime

    It looks fantastic…another step on Blackberry’s road to recovery.

  • Tom Bennett

    its certainly sparked my interest, i would certainly consider this instead of upgrading my one plus one to the one plus two. it would also be good to see blackberry get a healthy foothold in the mobile market again

  • shima

    Wow this looks nice. Sd card and good battery size and i would buy

  • Taylor Burke

    Almost! Almost looks great! Gosh soooooo damn close. Maybe round off the top and bottom extend the screen all the way (Add pressure sensitive touch to prevent accidental clicks) and put the camera in the slide out keyboard section. I dunno just seems off a little.

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  • Annonymous

    Man, that looks beautiful. Elegant and simple.

    I wish the headphone jack wasn’t there, though.

  • I wait wait is finally using android as well and I like the design if it is really like that

  • tB

    Swappable Sdcard? Removable Battery? Stylus support? Should have 4GB RAM..

    • House of M

      just christ you cant make everyone happy

      • tB

        Nope. But when you’re trying to make a comeback, you should put your BEST foot forward, future proof & impress. Expecially on a device that is great but could of been greater. Don’t just ‘get by’ on the specs currently going around. That’s just my POV tho. No Biggie. I’ll spend my cash on what I want elsewhere. Simple.

    • MewTwo

      Question is will you pay the price they ask for those specs?

  • Mista_Mr

    If the phone looks like this in the images i wouldn’t mind getting one! I wouldn’t mind having a physical keyboard.

  • Isabelle DiPasquale

    yes definitely. I’ve been holding onto my Motorola Photon Q since 2012 waiting for the right phone. The samsung edge plus that just came out almost got me but the reviews for the keyboard case say that it’s crap. So I’ll wait til November for this Blackberry.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Before jumping on it one should think what is the part of Android this includes. I don’t see much of a benefit in buying a device with a BB brand on it and a Google OS inside, with all what this implies in terms of A) Fragmentation, B) Lack of privacy being Google, C) Access to Google play without any filter whatsoever on what is trash and what is not, D) Blocks for all advertising channels to grant safety.

    In lack of all this and more, one can buy any android with BB Messenger and its the same minus the BB brand on the device.
    That said, the form factor is appealing for me too. But i would also buy a Passport with a 5.5″ screen.

    • Adithya Raman

      It’s USP is it’s keyboard. Android devices with keyboard is very rare nowadays.

      • Wandering_Spirit

        BB = Business device used by governments, armies etc. with a somewhat safe OS, no ads, no crap. Just solid performances and essentials with great autonomy.
        Android = OS used by a variety of users EXCEPT those who need high security/privacy and fobidden as BYOD device in governments, armies etc. as inherently unsafe (not to mention all the other shortcomings like fragmentation, short battery life due to data sucking from Google and ad services etc.), with most of the frills (Like Samsung gear, watches etc.) expressly forbidden in many armies (China in primis).

        If BB is building an Android phone making it safer people may consider. If it’s just an android with a physical keyboard as USP then i suspect it’ll become a niche device for tech enthusiasts, BB advocates and confused users.

        I’d buy one if it’s safe, has a good battery, SD slot and a big screen (nobody has those small screens anymore). On contrary case i buy a new Android without a physical keyboard. Swype types much quicker than any BB.

        In 2015 you can’t hope to sell a device like this using a keyboard as USP. Had the market felt the need for such an option, today the choice would be shaped by phones with physical keyboards. Fact is, it’s not so. So, this device, either comes with a safe OS, top notch hardware (RAM, STORAGE, DISPLAY, CPU etc.) and is really groundbreaking or, for me, it’s doomed to become another niche device. I’d go for a Passport anytime to be honest.

        Just a humble opinion from a user like you and all the other guys stating their needs here.

        • Adithya Raman

          Blackberry already had a device for the needs you are stating. The original passport and the classic.
          This is to lure the keyboard lovers. There are people waiting for a good keyboard phone but unwilling to switch to BlackBerry OS due whatsoever reasons.
          Swype is good but nothing beats a keyboard. Just like mobile gaming can never beat console gaming.

          But this is what I think. Who knows what’s cooking in their heads.

          • Wandering_Spirit

            I know, but the Passport’s display is too small for Android users. You need to understand, if you are an Android user, that once you go 5″ and over you don’t buy small display phones anymore. I think (and this is my opinion) that one train BB missed is that of big displays. So focused into business customers they didn’t realize also those customers consume content in tons, news, movies, videos, pics etc. They stayed behind and never recovered. If they want to sell the phone has to be a well rounded device adding up the safety BB is used to offer INTO a Blackberry OS (or an Android derivated version with BB touch in terms of safety). I’d be first in line to get one, Physical keyboard or not….that is irrelevant to me. What i want is a good display, speed, relaible OS, NO ADS, NO DATA SUCKING, no bloatware, long lasting battery, 3/4GB ram, 64GB internal memory + SD Card support, a decent camera and at least 5.5″ of real estate to read and work. All this in a NON-GOOGLE platform. I stretch as far as to say i’d trash my current LG G4 to get a good BB.
            The other negative side in this case. It’s coming up in november, when most users will have already bought their phones. Not a good time, even with Xmas looming but i could be wrong on this.

          • Adithya Raman

            About the security related issues, we have to wait for the launch and see what BB does.
            If I remember right, it was November for the 4 U.S. carriers. Nothing was said about the unlocked ones or the launch. Maybe it will be sooner.
            And about the large screen devices, I agree with you. But considering all manufacturers are making them, maybe BB wanted to be different by serving the ones who want a small one.
            But who knows, there might be a larger version of Venice in the future if this sees success.

          • Wandering_Spirit

            I am one of those hoping for a top notch BB. Been waiting to make the jump for a long time.

  • Hoss

    Very cool. Best of both worlds!

  • G1andonly

    Good bye note 4, or maybe I’ll keep it as well, anyway , yes I’ll be getting this in November. I have waited for a keyboard again. The best physical keyboard I’ve used was the touch pro 2 but it had windows and it was slow. I’m really interested in this, bring it bb.

  • BalazsArtner

    Not that I’m looking for a new phone at the moment but this looks good.

  • droidtomtom

    Want. All it needs is the three position slider switch from the One Plus Two for setting notification priority and micro-SD. Reminds me of my old Palm Tungsten T3 only that hid a portion of the display under the quick access buttons.

  • Dawid Poleszczuk

    if its gonna have removable battery and pricetag around 300$ im getting this for 100%

  • Abdullah Almosalami

    Wait what?! They’re abandoning BlacBerry OS for this?!?! That’s what made BlackBerry special! That’s what differentiated them in this market saturated by phones that are almost exactly the same save a few features here and there. I mean come on. And to all of you supporting this, if you want a cool Android phone, there’s Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, One Plus, Huawei, Xiamo, and just so many places to get a great Android consumer phone. Why on Earth would BB jump on the bandwagon here?? I hope this is fake on the OS, or that the phone fails and BlackBerry continues with a high quality phone that has BB OS and not Android.

  • crutchcorn

    Now THIS I am looking forward to… <3 Buying one for sure!

  • James Siegfried

    Really hoping this comes to Verizon! I would love to upgrade to it but other carriers are shit in my area.

  • Choda Boy

    Slab Slider = Sliber? Slaber?