BlackBerry Venice said to be T-Mobile-bound as leaked images offer another look at the Android slider

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Following some “positive” discussions earlier this year, BlackBerry made a return to T-Mobile in May with the launch of the BlackBerry Classic. Now it sounds as though those discussions will lead to another BlackBerry hitting T-Mo’s magenta shelves.

Evan Blass, who’s leaked several phones in the past using the moniker @evleaks, says that the BlackBerry Venice will launch at T-Mobile. For those unaware, the Venice is BlackBerry’s upcoming slider phone that’s reportedly going to run Android. BlackBerry gave us a sneak peek at the phone earlier in 2015, and recently some new images of the device have surfaced.

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The folks at CrackBerry have shared what are said to be several renders that show the BlackBerry Venice slider. The images show BlackBerry’s version of the BlackBerry Hub for Android, the Venice offering Chromecast support, and the device’s 18-megapixel rear camera. An extremely blurry photo of the Venice has leaked as well, but due to the image’s less than stellar quality, it’s difficult to make out any details of the device itself.

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If the rumors about the Venice are true, it will be a pretty interesting device. Not might it offer a slider form factor, something that we rarely see anymore, but it’ll also be a BlackBerry phone running Android. Some folks are still clamoring for an Android phone with a physical keyboard, and BlackBerry’s phones are often regarded as having nice ‘boards, and so this rumored Venice could make those people longing for an Android phone with a QWERTY pretty happy.

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Sources: @evleaks, CrackBerry (1), (2)

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  • I hope so. I’m still deliberating. If it is released for T-Mobile, and November-January like AT&t with Android, a Micro SD Card slot, and T-Mobile let’s me use my SCORE! discount. It will be a DEF be a buy from me! I don’t see any device I will want to use my Score discount for right now besides maybe a Nexus.

    If not, I will just get me a Moto X Style. Hoping that some more confirmed info of it running Android release soon in the coming weeks.

  • Lou

    I thought I was over BlackBerry a long time ago…

    • AS118

      They’re holding on. Not doing well, but not really losing money anymore either. They’re in the process of reinventing themselves.

  • I’m so getting this even it does not hit T-Mobile. I’ll buy it directly from blackberry, been waiting on this one. Woohoo.

  • Stone Cold

    Yes not a fan of Blackberry. Android slider yes please

  • steveb944

    I could see myself buying this for the sake of supporting BB. The nostalgia is real.

  • J Cav the Great

    If this device is real…I will seriously consider it..BB Venice my next device?… My sources point to maybe…

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Wow Blackberry is taking on the Andriod world. Didnt see this one coming

  • thepanttherlady

    I don’t care for sliders but know so many who love them. Hope this does well.

    • Paul

      The HTC Vision was da bomb!
      But with Android and SWYPE you don’t need a keyboard.

      • thepanttherlady

        My nails are far too long for a keyboard. Swype is my BFF. Lol

        • Paul

          You spelled “talons” wrong. ;)

        • thepanttherlady

          You spelled “claws” wrong. I am a panther after all. ;)

        • Paul

          It just didn’t roll as well as talons. :D

        • thepanttherlady

          You’re right. LOL

    • Goat

      Was wondering where you went…

  • KeKyKo

    I really like the look of the Passport, please Tmobile, have a Passport.

  • AS118

    I’m actually interested in a portrait slider keyboard. Running either Android or Blackberry OS (now that it has the Amazon app store) would be fine.

  • SirStephenH

    There’s a time when I may have been interested in this but Android’s software keyboard has come a long way since then. I may never go back to an Android slider but I remember the appeal and can see this filling a niche.

  • Ordeith

    Android. LOL.

  • someguy

    A slider would be pretty cool. I long for the days of my Sidekick

  • Jose Lugo

    Passport please, Thank you!!!

  • pda96

    I hope they have another version without the physical keyboard.

  • Photo of article shows a CLASSIC BB and not the “Slider”.

  • Android_God

    What is a Blackberry?

  • Tmosince2003

    Slider? Can’t tell from the pics. Reporting ++

  • alfonzso

    I think BlackBerry+Android is an excellent move. The hardware and security of BlackBerry, combined with the huge user base of Android. That’s a win-win for people and enterprises looking for the usability of Android, but security of BlackBerry. It could be a new great niche market for BB. I’m sure will keep my eyes open.

  • alfonzso

    Is there any existing pics showing the slider? WTF!

    • bryan

      there is a video on youtube of the actual unit at android authority on youtube with the guy messing around with it

  • Toasted_Cracker

    What would be awesome is if it could dual boot both Android and blackberry 10!

  • priap1sm

    Very excited for the idea of a slider android phone with flagship specs. However, I’ve always found BB keyboards to be cramped and difficult to operate. We’ll see…

  • Taylor White

    Take my money!!!!!

  • edfranco1

    PLEASE BB this is your opportunity especially with the disappointing announcement from Samsung about there Note 5 and Edge+ without the removable battery and missing SD card slot. I am gonna wait for any big named vendor who will add these features.

    • Shawn

      Those phones weren’t disappointing announcement, just lack the features some preferred.

  • Mark

    Is TMo still selling the F3Q? I believe that was the most-recent (landscape) slider phone they had available.