Android-powered BlackBerry Venice with a slide-out keyboard reportedly headed to AT&T



Early render of the BlackBerry Venice before it was running Android

Reports from earlier this month that BlackBerry would soon launch a full fledged Android-powered smartphone are looking up. Ex-tipster who still occasionally tips/confirms new devices @Evleaks tweeted earlier today that a device called the BlackBerry Venice is headed to AT&T later this year. He specifically mentioned that this device would be powered by Android and that — here’s the best part — it will feature a slide-out physical keyboard for QWERTY fans.

Yeah, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a QWERTY slider on Android and if this device is a BlackBerry flagship, could offer some nice hardware. Of course, nothing outside of its name is confirmed at this point, so we’ll have to wait until we hear more. What say ye? Would you guys consider a BlackBerry slider providing it had full access to Google Play services? I’m getting moist just thinking about it.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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