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New photos give us a closer look at BlackBerry Venice in the wild

The upcoming BlackBerry Venice has appeared again in new leaked images that give us our best look yet at the Android-powered slider. The hands-on photos confirm the device will be fairly large, with a curved glass display, near-stock Android, and a trademark BlackBerry keyboard.

We’ve seen Venice many times now, but almost all of the leaks so far have been renders. The latest, which were published by Vietnamese blog Tinhte and appear to have been taken on a plane, confirm what will almost certainly be the handset’s final design and a number of key specifications.

Venice appears to be running a near-stock version of Lollipop, though the shots of its home screen confirm the presence of BlackBerry Hub, and BlackBerry’s own Contacts and Calendar apps. Another shot shows a custom multitasking interface, which looks just like BlackBerry’s 10’s Active Frames page.

Photos of the top of the device show slots for SIM and microSD cards — which suggests there will be no removable back or battery — and photos of its back confirm the rear-facing 18-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.

Venice is everything we expected it to be, then, and there are no surprises in these photos. However, they at least suggest the handset is close to making its debut. According to reliable leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks), Venice is to make its debut in November.

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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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