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New BlackBerry Venice image reveals BB10-style virtual keyboard

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Another leaked image of the BlackBerry Venice has surfaced ahead of the handset’s official debut, this time revealing its BlackBerry 10-style virtual keyboard for Android. The image also confirms the handset’s front-facing speaker, but questions still remain.

The Venice in this image looks just like the handset we’ve seen numerous times now; it has a large display with curved edges, a BlackBerry logo emblazoned across its top edge, and BlackBerry’s familiar three-button layout on its right side.

According to recent rumors, the device is expected to have a 5.4-inch Quad HD screen, a hexa-core Snadpragon 808 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, Adreno 418 graphics, and 3GB of RAM. The last set of leaked images also confirmed an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera.

The rumors have also claimed Venice will have a slide-out keyboard, but despite all the leaks, we are yet to see it. This image does reveal, however, that BlackBerry will offer its own virtual keyboard — similar to that in BB10 — for those who don’t mind touchscreen typing.

Hopefully, this keyboard will boast BlackBerry’s terrific next-word prediction, which I really enjoyed using on the Z10 and Z30. I’ve actually been waiting for someone to make a similar keyboard for Android since BB10 made its debut.

We still don’t know when Venice will make its official debut, but we expect it to come within the next few months.

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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...

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