[Updated] Leaks indicate Blackberry’s Android slider will launch in November

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Legendary leaker Evan Blass, also known as evleaks on Twitter has posted new details that “confirm” the Blackberry Venice will launch on all four national carriers in November. Not only that we’re being treated to some new pictures of the device that curiously hides one of the biggest features of the device, the slide out keyboard.

 

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Blackberry Venice, here’s what we think we know so far: The Venice will be Blackberry’s big entry into the Android phone market. Up until now Blackberry has relied on their own operating system, Blackberry 10, but with shrinking market share and a lack of top tier apps available for users to download, it gets harder and harder to justify a Blackberry phone based on hardware alone. The Venice should carry a slide out keyboard which is a feature high on some users wish list. A keyboard would definitely differentiate the Venice from other Android devices on the market and give users who miss physical keyboards a reason to look the Venice’s way.

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Previous leaks have pointed toward a curved screen, much like the new Galaxy S6 Edge and Edge Plus, along with a Snapdragon 808 running the show, a 1440 x 2560 QHD display with 3 GB of RAM. Google and Blackberry had previously announced an enterprise partnership in July but it seems now that Blackberry is going to test the waters to see if their future lies in the pockets of Android users. Users have previously been able to install some Android apps on Blackberry 10 but it seems now that the Canadian giant is going in with both feet first.

What are your thoughts on the Venice? Will the strategy of top tier hardware and wide availability on all four major carriers be enough to save the wireless giant or is Blackberry still doomed?

Update:

evleaks continues to give. On Wednesday evening leaker Evan Blass released another photo of the Venice with all of it’s keyboard glory in tow.

Update #2:

We’re getting some even better leaked pictures via Crackberry. Enjoy!

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Source: evleaks, PhoneArena, Crackberry