Once a brand identifies itself and sets habits, they’re often hard to get rid of. Especially so when John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry tried his hand at the demo-unit of the new BlackBerry Priv; the first Android running device from the manufacturer. Well it’s safe to say that Mr. Chen uses a BlackBerry (10) himself, seeing he tried to swipe up in the video you’ll see below.
After appearing in several leaks, BlackBerry’s first Android device with a slider keyboard now has a name. Codenamed internally as the “Venice”, serial leakster @evleaks has revealed BlackBerry Priv as the official commercial name.
It is no secret that BlackBerry is working on an Android device that comes with a slider keyboard. Dubbed as the BlackBerry Venice, this opens up a new opportunity for BlackBerry to tap into the Android segment where a built-in QWERTY keyboard is non-existent.
The folks at Android Authority were lucky enough to get their hands on the Venice, giving us better views of the device and some details of its new software experience.
With the new Passport Silver Edition out of the way, the next device to come out from BlackBerry would be their new Slider device. Dubbed as the “Venice” it offers a double edge display with a slide out QWERTY keyboard like its former Blackberry Torch.
Following @evleaks’s initial leak on the new slider, he has come back with another render, this time with its full QWERTY keyboard exposed. For the BlackBerry purist, you’ll appreciate that it retains the same 4 row keys instead of the Passport’s compact 3 row layout.