BlackBerry’s first Android phone is expected to launch before the end of the 2015, and we’ve already seen what it looks like thanks to (a lot) of leaked pictures. Now the folks at Baka Mobile have posted a 4 minute hands-on video that removes just about all the remaining mystery.
There are still two things we don’t know about the upcoming BlackBerry Venice though: the price and the launch date.
As expected, the phone has a large touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard that provides tactile feedback while you type. The keyboard is also touch-sensitive, allowing you to swipe your finger over the surface of the keys to scroll or swipe without moving your thumb away from the keyboard.
The BlackBerry Venice runs a version of Android that looks a lot like Google’s stock software, but it has a number of customizations including support for BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Messenger, and other BlackBerry apps and features.
Notifications, search, and other basic Android activities are still handled by Google software. There’s also support for tap-to-wake, which lets you turn on the phone by double tapping the display when the screen is off. You can also press the power button if you’d prefer.
On the side of the phone there’s a volume rocker, but there’s also a BlackBerry-style “convenience key” between the up and down volume buttons.
The phone has a micro USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom, a microSD card reader and SIM card tray on the top.