BlackBerry working on its first Android smartphone is not a secret anymore. After several rounds of leaks showing device in pictures, Canadian phone reseller Baka Mobile has put out a brief hands-on video of BlackBerry Venice.
The video shows an evaluation unit of BlackBerry Venice featuring a near stock Android Lollipop Operating System. With legacy of being corporate friendly device, BlackBerry Venice seems to offer handy customisation for quick launching emails, texts and BlackBerry Messenger services.
The recent apps switcher looks straight out of BB OS 10 which automatically resizes recent apps based on how frequently you use them. Swiping up from the Home buttom reveals Google Now along with BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Universal search.
The most striking feature of this device is its slide out QWERTY keyboard which features biometric sense touch similar to BlackBerry Passport.
The BlackBerry Venice is expected to feature a 5.4-inch screen with 3GB RAM and powered by Qualcomm’s hexacore Snapdragon 808 processor. The camera on the unit is an 18-megapixel sensor. The device is slated to launch in November but we will need to wait a little while before BlackBerry makes an official announcement.