Just in case you still don’t believe BlackBerry is releasing an Android phone here’s even more proof courtesy of Baka Mobile. A new hands-on video with a leaked pre-production copy of the rumored “Venice” slider offers our best look yet at the soon-to-launch handset.
For the most part this is the same Android device we’ve already seen in countless leaked photos, but we do learn a few new things. For starters, the phone’s screen will offer a tap-to-wake feature, which is always nice. The slide-out keyboard also supports swipes and other gestures, just like on the BlackBerry Passport. Oh, and there’s a microSD card slot up top for adding extra storage in case you were wondering.
A quick tour of the rest of the device reveals a power button on the left and volume controls on the right. There’s also a SIM card slot up top and a microUSB connector on the bottom. The bottom chin of the slide-out keyboard doubles as one giant speaker grille, though Baka didn’t have time to test it out.
As for the software, it looks like pretty standard Android 5.0 Lollipop. The animations and icons all follow Google’s Material Design. Swiping up from the bottom of the display brings up three shortcuts to Google Now, BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Device Search.
There’s still no word on when we’ll actually be able to get our own hands on the BlackBerry Venice. For now though we don’t mind living vicariously through this new video. Watch it up top if you haven’t already and then take a closer look with our slideshow below.