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Video leak shows BlackBerry Venice specs and features; Tipster says Venice is “no stock Android handset”

September 23
9:36 AM 2015

A leaked video showed rumored specifications and features of the much-awaited BlackBerry Venice flagship. A reliable tipster said that BlackBerry Venice is "no stock Android handset" with its variety of pre-installed apps.

International Business Times reported of a video leak that gave a quick glimpse of BlackBerry Venice's specs, features, and other details. The video showed a slider phone with a flat display unlike previous tips saying it will have a curved display reminiscent of Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

The sliding QWERTY keyboard was revealed in the device's leaked images. BlackBerry Venice slider keyboard would feature capacitive touch input that allows users to scroll through a page by swiping the keyboard. It pops out under the phone display. Experts assume that the device will have slots for microSD and SIM card.

Tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks) said that BlackBerry Venice is "no stock Android handset" because of the presence of many pre-loaded apps in the device according to NDTV Gadgets. One example is Password Keeper which saves and manages passwords and stores information securely. More security apps are expected to come with the device to enhance its overall security.

BlackBerry Venice was seen offering the BlackBerry Productivity package. It contains Input, Documents to Go, Universal Search, BlackBerry Contacts, BlackBerry Calendar, and Blackberry Hub.

Other features of BlackBerry Venice include a 5.4" quad-HD display with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution, a Snapdragon 808 chipset, 3GB RAM, an 18MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, and a 5MP front snapper. The device will reportedly run on an Android Lollipop version of Blackberry Passport Silver Edition.

Android Authority said that BlackBerry Venice's physical keyboard is considered an innovation. The slider keyboard makes BlackBerry Venice unique and sets it apart from other smartphones in the market. The reports further states that if Venice will be successful, other companies could try to integrate moving parts in their products as well.

BlackBerry Venice will reportedly arrive on major US carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The device is expected to be released on November.

At present, no price details for the BlackBerry Venice have been reported. However, based on rumored specs and features, it will be quite expensive. The device is one of the most awaited flagship phones of the year.

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