A brand new hands-on video of the Blackberry Venice smartphone is enough indication that the once-powerful phone maker is finally veering away from its usual course.
However, if serial tipster @vleaks and N4BB are to be believed, Venice is after all a gimmick and the phone's real name is 'Priv.' The name owes itself to advanced privacy features dwelling inside the phone.
What's most impressive about the Priv is the slide-out QWERTY keyboard that can pop out at the bottom of the phone. When pulled out, the keyboard along with the 5.4 inch display can give Venice err.. Priv the appearance of a true phablet.
Once unlocked, Priv displays its stock Android Lollipop architecture with the display mirroring any Android smartphone. You will also find quick launch access to emails, Blackberry Messenger and messages.
A Swipe up option on the home screen also brings up Google Now, BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Universal search options. As for the internal features, what is so far learnt is that Priv will feature an 18MP monster camera, a 3GB RAM and a Snapdragon 808 processor.
The last major smartphone launch by Blackberry took place in April when it launched the Leap. A mid-range phone, Leap bears a 5 inch touchscreen with 294 ppi density. It runs on the Blackberry 10.3.1 operating system and its 1.5GHz dual-core CPU is powered by the MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.
With 16GB worth internal storage and a 2GB RAM, Leap did not contain a keyboard or a wheel that are traditional components of Blackberry phones. However, Blackberry insisted that Leap was created with the needs of young power professionals in mind, offering plenty of storage and a powerful 2500 mAH battery that offered up to 25 hours of talk time.
As for the new Priv, we are yet to hear an official statement from Blackberry regarding its launch. However, we expect the launch to take place anytime in November this year.