The 2010s have not been so kind to BlackBerry, but the company could be close to readying a phone that could put it back on the map. BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone, codenamed “Venice,” might have just made its debut on Twitter.
Back in July, we got our first look at a BlackBerry handset running Android. Or, at least, an artist’s rendering of what it might look like. The phone we’re seeing today looks quite different, to say the least. It features a display that curves around its edges, much like Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge. The most notable difference is that the Venice is said to offer a slide-out keyboard in case you don’t want to type on the screen. It just wouldn’t be BlackBerry without some sort of physical keyboard.
Aside from coming stocked with Android, the phone will also reportedly feature a 5.4-inch QHD screen, a 1.8GHz Snapdragon system on chip, an 18MP camera and 3GB of RAM.
As Mashable points out, there’s no news as of late to indicate that BlackBerry is giving up onBlackBerry 10, its modern overhaul of the aged BlackBerry OS. Rather, it’s very possible, as the company has done with apps like BBM, that releasing an Android device under the BlackBerry moniker is a move that could act to both diversify its product offering and gain back users it might have lost in the wake of the Android and iOS invasion several years ago.