BlackBerry is heavily-rumoured to be working on its first smartphone running Android and this could be our first look at the finished article.
The rock-solid leak artist Evan Blass (AKA @evleaks) is back on form with what appears to be an official render of the phone BlackBerry has codenamed Venice.
The attractive device appears to show a display with two curved edges, just like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
The screenshot shown on the render features a host of core Google apps like Chrome, Maps, Drive and Picasa, suggesting BlackBerry could even roll with an raw Android-like experience with minimal UI tweaks of its own.
It’s not clear from the render whether the device will feature the sliding keyboard that appeared on stage at Mobile World Congress in March.
Blass says the device will launch on the AT&T Network in the United States, but it’ll surely be available in different markets also.
Recent rumours have suggested the BlackBerry Android device would offer a 5.4-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB RAM. The spec sheet also suggests a 18-megapixel front having camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
If these core specs are correct than Venice will be a match for any of the top end Android devices on the market when it launches, potentially in November.
Earlier this month BlackBerry CEO John Chen warned Google must up its security game before an Android phone could be built.
“We only build secure phones and BlackBerry is the most secure phone so, if I can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that.”
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