It looks like BlackBerry may be soon making yet another comeback attempt. Noted hardware sleuth Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks, has posted what appear to be GIFs of a new Android-powered BlackBerry phone with a slide-out keyboard. An Android device would be a first for the company, although this isn't the first time it's flirted with parts of Google's operating system, at least.
In case there was any doubt... pic.twitter.com/yfFfyqEg5v— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 19, 2015
The new device is rumored to carry the name BlackBerry Venice. Judging from the photo and the animations below, its design appears to be inspired by Lumia phones, most notably a curved glass screen cover. The port at the bottom appears to be USB Type-C, although it's hard to say for sure given the angle.
Eye candy. pic.twitter.com/GtJwOfOus8— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 19, 2015
The GIF above might indicate that the camera will have a six-element lens with optical image stabilization. We may also be seeing two sizes of the rumored handset.
Should the rumors prove true, such a turn of events might not be all that surprising. BlackBerry's market share is virtually nil. The Canadian company added an Android compatibility layer to its BlackBerry OS a while ago, which wasn't much help for its PlayBook tablet. It even inked a deal with Amazon, letting BlackBerry users download Android apps from its store. And last June, Reuters hinted at an upcoming Android-powered BlackBerry device. I have to say the phone itself and the slide-out keyboard look neat, so maybe there's still hope left.
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