BlackBerry’s upcoming flagship smartphone for 2015 has reportedly been code-named “Venice.” The handset was first showcased in the Mobile World Congress 2015 in March, notes N4BB. During the conference, the device was introduced to the surprised audience as the “BlackBerry 10 Slider.” Interestingly, the BlackBerry Venice is a retro device that comes with a slider QWERTY keypad. Now, the Venice’s key specifications, along with the launch date, have been leaked.
BlackBerry Venice Release Date
The standout difference between the Venice and other BlackBerry devices is that the upcoming device will reportedly run on Android OS instead of the usual BlackBerry OS, according to GSM Arena. The Venice is expected to be unveiled in November.
BlackBerry Venice Specifications
The device will reportedly feature a 5.4-inch display with QHD screen resolution. The handset will be powered by a 64-bit, hexa-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 808) chip, running at 1.8 GHz. It will have 3 GB of RAM. Those specs resemble the LG G4 to a great extent.
The smartphone will reportedly sport a killer 18 MP rear-facing camera and a 5 MP front-facing one for selfies. The Canadian tech giant has not confirmed release date or specifications.
BlackBerry Passport Discount
While the die-hard fans of BlackBerry are waiting for the Venice, the tech giant has silently cut the price of its 2014 flagship, Passport. With Father's Day and summer vacations just around the corner, a limited-time $50 discount has already begun for the unlocked Passport. This means, the Passport will cost only $499 in the U.S., not the original price of $549, notes Tech Times.
The Passport is compatible only with the AT&T network. It does not work on the networks of other major carriers like Verizon, US Cellular and Sprint. The handset can be purchased at BlackBerry Shop.