In terms of Android, something that’s never really been released is a great Android device with a physical keyboard. That’s why the rumoured BlackBerry Venice is one of the most interesting phones that might be released in the not-too-distant future. And for the first time, the Android-poweed BlackBerry device has been shown off in leaked hands-on photos.
BlackBerry Venice slider phone runs Android
The photos appear to back up previous rendered pictures and rumours of a smartphone with a real, slide-out QWERTY keyboard. In this case it’s a five-row keyboard in the traditional BlackBerry design. And even though the keys aren’t separated by metal frets like most BlackBerry phones, they are far enough apart to make typing comfortable (at least judging by the photos). Underneath the keyboard is a protruding ‘chin’ with individually machines holes to cover a mic and speaker.
On the back, the BlackBerry venice sports a kind of carbon-fibre design, as well as what appears to be a 16 megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation and fast focus, along with two individual LED flash modules.
BlackBerry in recent years has divided opinion somewhat, with many people saying they don’t really see the point of the company. But BlackBerry has managed to survive despite some tough times, and may even be about to turn a profit again in the near future. Currently, the Canadian company has just 1% of the smartphone market, and with the imminent arrival of an Android device, many people will no doubt be happy to finally get a smartphone with a real, physical keyboard again.