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BlackBerry Venice appears again in new spy shot and leaked renders

by Killian Bell | August 9, 2015August 9, 2015 1:00 pm PDT

BlackBerry’s upcoming Venice smartphone, its first to be powered by Android, has appeared again in a series of spy shots and press renders. Some of the images confirm a number of the handset’s features, including its 18-megapixel rear-facing camera, and BlackBerry Hub for Android.

We’ve already seen Venice before, but most of us felt that the first leaked render, which revealed its stunning curved glass display, was simply too good to be true. Now that same display has appeared again not only in more renders, but in a spy shot as well.

While the spy shot is disappointingly blurry, it’s clear the BlackBerry within it has curved glass on its front, and a speaker grille that sits beneath its display. It also has BlackBerry’s trademark button trio on the right side, and a headphone jack on its bottom edge.

In the renders obtained by CrackBerry, Venice’s 18-megapixel camera is confirmed in a snazzy cross-section shot — which also shows off what appears to be the same glass weave back we’ve seen on other BB10 devices — while another confirms that BlackBerry Hub will be coming to Android.

Venice is expected to be a “slider” device with a slide-out physical keyboard that might persuade long-time BlackBerry fans to finally make the switch to Android.

We’re yet to see that keyboard, but if you look closely at the cross-section image, there does seem to be a gap down the middle of the device — between the display and the rest of the phone — that could confirm this rumor.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...