Reports about the BlackBerry Dallas recently surfaced online, suggesting that the smartphone had been certified in a slew of Asian countries. But now, a report from CrackBerry states that two BlackBerry handsets -- likely the BlackBerry Venice and the BlackBerry Dallas -- have been spotted in India.
Zauba, a import and export tracker website in India, has entries for both the BlackBerry Venice and Dallas. In general, devices from across the globe land in India for testing and evaluation purposes. This is predominantly because of the growing offshore development and testing centers located in that country.
According to Phone Arena, the BlackBerry Dallas will feature the same cutting-edge specifications seen in the BlackBerry Passport. The difference comes from curved corners at the bottom of the device. The top will reportedly house the speaker grill, a front-facing camera unit and the ambient and proximity light sensors.
The BlackBerry Dallas smartphone was reportedly code-named Oslo, which explains why there have been no rumors about the Dallas so far. According to Zauba, the Dallas handset reached India from Canada on July 4. The testing unit is reportedly priced at 24,623 Rupees, which roughly translates to an equivalent of US$388.
A second device, believed to be the BlackBerry Venice, has also landed in India. The Venice runs on Google’s Android OS instead of the BlackBerry 10.3 OS. In addition to the retro keypad slider, the device also comes with curved corners.
AT&T is believed to be the exclusive carrier of this handset in the U.S. As far as the BlackBerry Venice price goes, the testing unit reportedly costs 63,262 rupees, which roughly translates to US$997. Phone Arena says the Venice may not hit store shelves until November. Readers should note that BlackBerry has not confirmed any details thus far.
Also, take a look at the render of the Venice shared by Evan Blass of @evleaks fame:
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 3, 2015