BlackBerry Venice Outed – Gets The TMZ Treatment

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Android and BlackBerry users have all been a buzz over these past few months in anticipation of Android powered BlackBerry hardware. We’ve been seeing plenty of render leaks, spec leaks and graphics of this supposed BlackBerry Venice but now we get the full TMZ treatment. A series of revealing photos over at 9to5 Google show a device that looks really amazing. The chassis of the BlackBerry Venice looks to be made of either real carbon fiber or aluminum with a carbon fiber look, it’s pretty slick. Of course there is plastic along with that metal, but without holding the phone that metal could very well be high end plastic.

The full QWERTY keyboard is there, just like BlackBerry diehards love and it looks like it will be pretty comfortable to use. Front facing speakers were a smart move and the main camera is a 16MP OIS shooter with dual LED flash. You can see that it is running Android Lollipop and if BlackBerry is smart it will likely ship with the latest version. 9to5 Google seems to think that the Venice could be running BlackBerry software over top of Android, which is an interesting conclusion.

What I find interesting is that — despite clearly running Android — it still features the same, traditional BlackBerry physical buttons on the right edge. There are two longer volume buttons, separated by the BlackBerry shortcut button which traditionally launches BlackBerry Assistant, the company’s answer to Siri, Google Now and Cortana. This adds support to the rumors, and UI leaks, which showed a custom BlackBerry software running alongside Android.

This latest leak is doozy and could peak interest in the Venice from those who might have not been so interested. While not everyone wants or needs a physical keyboard, there are still those that do want that. And of course there are those of us who just want to try out new things, being the early adopters we are.

What do you think of the latest BlackBerry Venice leak? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  Source: 9to5 Google
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