The Android BlackBerry Venice smartphone unveiled in March during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) now has a retail name: BlackBerry Priv. BlackBerry surprised many earlier this year when it briefly revealed its plan for a unique dual-curved display device featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
BlackBerry’s president of Devices and Emerging Solutions, Ron Louks, teased the media with two variants of the device, in black and white, and hinted at a November release date. It is now known that the BlackBerry Venice will be running on the world’s most popular smartphone platform—Android.
Over the past few months, there have been numerous speculations and a handful of image leaks portraying the Blackberry Venice’s design and core features. Team BlackBerry Member and talented designer @Pootermobile came up with amazing renderings of the BlackBerry Slider in a variety of colors, posing the question: will BlackBerry divert from the tradition of releasing devices in standard black and white variants when it comes to its next device, the Venice?
The newest development is that the upcoming Android-run BlackBerry slider, till now known only by its development codename Venice, may be marketed as Blackberry Priv. According to Evan Blass, the reputed @evleaks leaker, the BlackBerry Venice transformation will see it get the new name for the market—a sign that the manufacturer is getting ready for the final release in about two months.
According to rumors published by Phone Arena, the Blackberry Priv is expected to feature a 5.4-inch QHD display, 3 GB of RAM, and a choice of 32GB or 64GB onboard memory. It will include a 1.8 GHz Hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, and an 18-megapixel primary camera. It is also expected that the phone will come with “second to none” security features, true to BlackBerry’s tradition.
In August, @evleaks tweeted that the new BlackBerry device had been “confirmed for release in November on all four major carriers in the US,” just days before the first renderings of the suspected device surfaced. Whether the BlackBerry Priv is the device that will resuscitate BlackBerry, or will turn out to be another Android smartphone that barely makes a dent on the competitive market, only time will tell.