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New renders of Android flavored BlackBerry Venice slider surface

Monday, August 10, 2015

Early last month, 
renders of the BlackBerry Venice were discovered. One image showed what the device would look like with the QWERTY slider closed, while the other showed the phone in both black and white with the QWERTY opened. Today, we get to view three new renders, including one that visualizes what BlackBerry Hub will look like on Android. Remember, the Venice could be the first 'Berry to use Google's open source OS to run the entire handset. Back in June, blogger Eldar Murtazin said that the device would be powered by Android and carry BlackBerry Services. One render of the handset showed Android icons on the home screen, including one for the Google Play Store.

Another render that appeared today shows the inside build of the rear camera. The image confirms earlier rumors that said the phone would be equipped with an 18MP rear-facing camera. The render hints that the camera will come with phase detection AF. The snapper will most likely employ OIS like the rear camera on the Passport does. The last render reveals that the Venice will support Chromecast. While BlackBerry 10 doesn't really support the feature, Android does, of course.

While much of the information about the device is still covered up and is unknown, early word is that the BlackBerry Venice will be available this November via AT&T and T-Mobile. The rest of the specs include a 5.4-inch screen with curved glass on both sides and a 1440 x 2560 resolution. The Snapdragon 808 SoC is under the hood, with a hexa-core CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside.

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