BlackBerry is getting ready to take a crack at the Android market and Android Authority has obtained some high-quality leaked photos of the device that give us a nice closeup view of the BlackBerry Venice, which is the current codename for BlackBerry’s first Android phone.
Much like some earlier leaked pics we’ve seen, these pictures do a nice job of showing us the slide-out QWERTY keyboard in the BlackBerry device, which should appeal to diehard BlackBerry users who also want to have access to Google’s hugely popular app ecosystem. As you can see, Chrome looks like your main browser option on the device so you won’t be stuck using BlackBerry’s default web browser right out of the box.
The new device is part of BlackBerry’s effort to show it’s possible to make Android secure enough to use for enterprise customers while at the same time delivering the kind of Google-centric experience that users have come to expect from Android phones. The slide-out keyboard is the first of its kind that BlackBerry has released on a major device since its last BlackBerry Torch models hit the shelves all the way back in 2011.
As far as other features go, an earlier report from N4BB stated that the phone’s specs include a 5.4-inch quad HD display, an 18-megapixel camera, a hexa-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM. The devices are expected to release in November on all four major American carriers.
To see even more pictures of the new device, check out Android Authority’s full gallery here.