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.

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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.

via Android Authority

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11 replies on “This is how BlackBerry’s first Android phone looks (video)”

  1. Take Android’ add an overpriced capped ball-and-chain VNO layer, then let the Government spy on you. That’s Blackberry in Indonesia. No thanks.

  2. Blackberry phones are dead.

    A few fans may use them but it’s another loss making device.

  3. Problem here is battery life with the 808 chipset. The LG G4 suffers tragically compared to the G3 because of the chipset change. Of course, a Blackberry won’t necessarily have a super hi-res display, but knowing it would’ve done better with a 801 sounds a bit disconcerting. It’s a business-first device after all.

    1. No word but highly unlikely, given the very thin profile and nothing of that nature seen in the previously leaked photos.

    1. Yah, that way there is a 0% chance you have it dangling over the screen/obstructing the view of the device.

        1. I do wish that more phones made the USB port on the top. I understand it being on the bottom for docks, but as far as using it while laying down or in bed, on top is far preferred.

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