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.
The BlackBerry Passport is still their flagship product and to keep up with the rest, it has released a new Silver Edition. Essentially this is the same Passport as before with a squarish 4.5″ screen that does 1440×1440 pixels resolution along with a 3-row keyboard that doubles up as a trackpad. The internals remained unchanged with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The previous purported BlackBerry Android device is quite meh and it looks like a Passport being forced to run on Android. Now twitter leakster @evleaks has returned with another image and this time it is another Android powered device that comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard.
Before BlackBerry releases their Android powered device, a new Passport device is in the works with the codename Dallas/Oslo. Now it appears that Malaysia could be one of the first market to get it as a new model with the model number SQW100-4 was spotted in SIRIM.
Thanks to a new leak from @evleaks, what we have here might be the lower half and physical keyboard of one of BlackBerry’s upcoming Android smartphones. The company is in fact planning to launch at least two new Android devices this year, one codenamed the BlackBerry Venice and the BlackBerry Prague.
BlackBerry hasn’t been doing too well in the device game. Once a strong platform made popular by its secure messaging service, BlackBerry now has a market share of less than 1%. While they are still introducing new BlackBerry devices like the Passport, Classic and Leap, they are still far from becoming mainstream.
According to a couple of sources, word has it that BlackBerry could be making an Android based device. Whether they would abandon its current BlackBerry 10 devices isn’t really clear but we reckon it is unlikely at this point of time. This comes at a time where BlackBerry is now focused towards enterprise solutions especially its device management platform that works across various mobile OS including Android, iOS and Windows.
If BlackBerry is releasing an Android device, it may be a slider device that comes with a QWERTY keyboard like the BlackBerry Torch series. This would offer a familiar full touch screen display, bundled with a tactile feeling of BlackBerry’s signature keyboard. The slider phone was speculated a couple months back and it could feature a dual curved display similar to the Galaxy S6 edge.
Would you buy a BlackBerry if it runs on Android OS with a QWERTY keyboard?
After introducing the Passport, BlackBerry has yet to release a new high end device. The recently announced BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Leap smart phones are still running on a rather dated dual-core Snapdragon processors but they run on their latest BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS on top.
For those who need more power, here comes a new high-spec BlackBerry which looks like another variant (possibly cheaper) of the Passport.
BlackBerry’s affordable touch screen phone, the BlackBerry Leap is finally here with a retail price of RM 1,089 (with GST of course).
BlackBerry hasn’t been having the best of times as of late, with the BlackBerry Leap debuting at MWC 2015 barely causing much of a stir. But now it seems that it has some new phones up it’s sleeves that might just be the thing to breathe some new life into the company.