BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone ‘Venice’ is on its way to AT&T for official launch

BlackBerry might soon commence a Passport-like Android phone with a promising 5.4-inch screen with QHD resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor.

Rumors of a fully Android-powered BlackBerry device popped up again last month, and today Evan Blass aka @evleaks came out on Twitter to say that BlackBerry’s Android-powered “Venice” smartphone is on its way to AT&T for an official launch later this year in the month of November.

It’s not clear exactly which device we are looking at but it’s definitely odd. It features a physical keyboard along the bottom, however that is what looks to be an on-screen keyboard as well. Venice sports specs like a possible 5.4-inch screen with QHD resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor. Moreover, though, it’s hard to tell how this device could be the same as the aforementioned slider phone coming from the Canadian firm.

This device looks to be similar in shape of the BlackBerry Passport—not precisely a slider. In true Blackberry fashion it comes with a full QWERTY keyboard just below the area of the display, but it also shows off the very visible and clear Android Lollipop navigation buttons, as well as a very common Android touch keyboard, like the STOCK Google keyboard which comes on typically on any Nexus phone.

At this moment, this is the most clear and defining picture we have seen of what Blackberry’s efforts are in building an Android-powered smartphone, and it’s hard to determine how customers might feel about a full QWERTY keyboard in an era where most consumers and smartphones users are now used to a full-touch interface.

If the November launch date turns out to be right, then it won’t be too long before Blackberry actually unveils the phone publicly, assuming they actually have an Android device in the mechanism to commence with. For the time being everything should still be taken as a gossip until either the carriers or Blackberry themselves declare the phone’s existence. This image doesn’t give off too much detail in terms of the full design, but it may be just enough to capture more interest.