BlackBerry Venice shows its physical keyboard ahead of rumored November launch


If you’re interested in BlackBerry’s oft-rumored Android slider phone, you’ll be happy to learn that a new image may give us a clear look at the place where your thumbs may call home later this year.

A newly-leaked image of the BlackBerry Slider shows the device’s screen slid up, which exposes the device’s physical keyboard for all to see. The QWERTY looks a bit flat, but that’s to be expected with a slider phone. We’ll have to wait until the Venice actually launches to see how the keyboard actually feels in use.

Speaking of launch, today’s second leak claims to offer some information on when the Venice might be released. Evan Blass, who previously said that the Venice would be available from T-Mobile, today pegged the Android slider for a November launch. He added that the device will be sold on all four major US operators.

The BlackBerry Venice looks like it’s going to be an interesting phone. While the latest versions of BlackBerry’s OS includes support for Amazon’s Appstore, enabling devices to run Android apps, the Venice may be BlackBerry’s first full-on Android phone. It’ll also be the first Android phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard in a long while. Good thing that BlackBerry and T-Mobile patched things up and renewed their partnership earlier this year, no?

Sources: @evleaks (1), (2)

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  • sosarozay300

    if thats real it might save blackberry because that looks hot

  • WK80

    This could replace my Note 4.

    • NorCalOffspring

      So could smoke signals :P

  • vinnyjr

    Great looking hardware. This is a phone I would love to hack. Hoping there isn’t a locked bootloader. Rooting this device would do it wonders. Make it happen Blackberry.

  • skywalkr2

    My upgrade date for Jump is November… i look forward to seeing how this is reviewed.

    • I have a Score! upgrade at the beginning of January, I may just wait to upgrade and use it for this.

  • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

    It’s been so long since I’ve had an Android with a physical keyboard.

    • Alex Wagner

      It’s been so long since anyone’s even released an Android phone with a physical keyboard. Ha

  • Blackberry

    MAMA MIA, YESSSS…finally some BlackBerry Love.

  • UMA_Fan

    This is the phone blackberry should have released in 2011 at the latest in order to be relevant today.

    • NorCalOffspring

      I guess better late than never :/

  • Acdc1a

    A quality device on a proper operating system WITH a keyboard? Yeah, this could do it for me.

    • eanfoso

      Idk about proper, android lags and is full of malware even in their official phone, but if someone could make android secure, that’s blackberry

      • iCrap

        no lags no malware for me. keep drinking that iphone koolaid though

        • eanfoso

          Considering I haven’t owned an apple product since 2009 I have no idea what you are talking about

        • 3165dwayne

          I’ve been using android phones since 2009 and have never had a virus on my phone. I normally have over a hundred apps on my phone today.

        • eanfoso

          That’s great, I never got a virus either but I did get a lot of malware and Spyware

        • 3165dwayne

          Didn’t get any of those either

        • eanfoso

          Well I did, and I also got lag so no thanks android much better off without you

        • 3165dwayne

          Lol, well good luck. Blackberry seems to think differently.

        • eanfoso

          True, if anyone can make android secure that’s blackberry

  • NorCalOffspring

    I’d pick this over any Galaxy edge phone

  • Bryck

    Looks interesting. Does anyone know if it comes with an SD card slot? Thanks.

  • randomnerd_number38

    The keyboard slides the wrong way :(

    • Stone Cold

      Yep I agree

  • So awaiting for the official announcement

  • steveb944

    I’m looking forward to this. I can see myself supporting them and once again buying a carrier device.

  • FILA

    Although this phone isnt for me, I can’t type to good on these physical keyboards anymore…but it has been a while. Im really excited to see choice and options instead of all these flat phones we see today. I hope alot of people buy this and QWERTY become a thing again. Can you imagine a T-Mobile G3!!

  • Mjsun

    Can’t wait to find out more about it. This could be my very first blackberry.

  • Nionx

    Reminds me of my old Dell Venue Pro, which is a good thing. It’s missing the WP os but I’m sure it’ll be a good device none the less.

    • iCrap

      if dell made an updated venue pro it would be a hit imo. for some reason though, these oems DO NOT advertise their phones.

  • Marcelo_L

    This COULD be the phone that weans me off of the Galaxy Note line.

    I always loved having a physical keyboard on my phone since the days of the XDA Windows Phones from HTC (when they WERE HTC, IMHO). So maybe the processors not the fastest, or the graphics are the lickety-split-est. But with that amount of RAM, and expandable STORAGE capability…….MAYBE….JUST MAYBE…>Blackberry has a hit!<

    Now…..if they price it right……SOLD!

    • eanfoso

      Lol cause previous notes have a justifiable price lol it’ll be cheaper than the note I’m sure.

      • Marcelo_L

        This was back in the day of contracts…where people would re-up..try it, not like it, then sell it practically brand-new for a substantially lower price….which is what I paid

        $500 for a GNote 2 only 2 months after it came out.
        Contract (to me) free.

        Now…as for current prices, I wouldn’t disagree with your logic.
        Even with a Snapdragon 808 and only 3Gb of RAM. If it comes with 32Gb of storage AND uSD support…having the physical keyboard will make up for 60% of what I was using the stylus for (I can figure out how to wean myself off that other 40%).

        Perhaps someday…if Samsung comes to their senses, and comes back to supporting a uSD…MAYBE I might come back…but I kinda doubt it at this point. They’ve pretty much unsold themselves to me…..

        Unless I walk into a TMo store, and they give me a hallaciously huge discount (Yeah, that’s going to happen) because I’m the longest-standing TMo customer.

        • eanfoso

          Nice lol I sold mine at 500 4 months after it came out with an otterbox case! But don’t sweat it, forget Samsung Galaxy and hop on the blackberry wagon!

  • edfranco1

    They best make it with very high specs If they want to win me over from the note line.

  • Joel

    Wish the keyboard were horizontal and had an actual row of numbers…otherwise, thank GOD someone has realized the market for QWERTY phones.

  • Deihmos

    Too bad the masses moved from physical keyboards.