Fresh photos of a working BlackBerry Venice smartphone running on Android have surfaced. The hands-on photos showcase the boot screen and the physical QWERTY keyboard of the rumored handset.

BlackBerry Venice will be the first ever Android smartphone from the Canadian company. One of the major USPs of the BlackBerry Venice Android smartphone is that it features a physical QWERTY keyboard that can be seamlessly accessed by sliding it down.

It is not easy to understand the size of the display of the BlackBerry Venice handset by looking at the leaked photos. However, previous rumors have claimed that the handset will be arriving with a 5.4-inch display screen, Android Authority reported.

It will be running on the stock version of Android but it is likely to include some features from BlackBerry as well. A tipster has revealed to the publication that since the handset sports a QWERTY keyboard, its keys can be used as shortcuts for carrying out certain tasks.

The leaked photos show some of the Google apps on the homescreen such as the Google Chrome, Gmail, Play Store, Maps, Calendar and Messenger. Swiping the on-screen Home button upwards gives access to three shortcuts for Google Now, local search and new text message.

On the boot screen, a bugdroid can be seen with a shield indicating that the Blackberry Venice is a secure handset. Leaked photos also reveal new app switcher, communication shortcuts for emails, BBM messages and few others.

The BlackBerry Venice is expected to be powered by Snapdragon 808 chipset that clocks at 1.9 GHz. The phone could come with 3 GB of RAM. The rear facing camera of the handset that is enabled with Optical Image Stabilization feature is likely to be of 18-megapixel whereas the one sitting on the front is of 5-megapixel. In the U.S., it will be made available by leading carriers like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint from November, NDTV reported.