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BlackBerry “Venice” said to launch in Nov. with monster specs

by Jacob Kleinman | June 18, 2015June 18, 2015 8:00 am PST

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Despite making a brief appearance onstage earlier this year, BlackBerry’s new slider phone is still a big mystery. The device’s specs, price and even its operating system are still up for debate, but a new report may clear at least some of that up.

N4BB claims to have the scoop on BlackBerry’s new phone, which is apparently codenamed “Venice” and set to launch this November. The device allegedly features a 5.4-inch Quad HD display, an 18-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, a Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM and of course a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. That sounds like a monster flagship phone to us.

Unfortunately, the new report is a little less certain what kind of software the BlackBerry Venice will run. The company could stick with BlackBerry 10, though recent rumblings suggest an Android device is on the way.

Rumor has it BlackBerry is teaming up with Samsung to make an Android phone with some of the Waterloo company’s software and services baked in. The result could be a pretty great device, mixing Google’s vast ecosystem of apps with BlackBerry’s extra security and productivity features.

We’re still treating all these rumors with a healthy dose of doubt, though it’s hard not to get excited about the potential for a BlackBerry Android phone. Hopefully “Venice” can live up to the hype.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...