A phone as bold as adeserves a bold name. According to frequent Twitter tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks), that name will be Priv.
Now known by the code name Venice, the device, which is rumored to touch down in November, marks the first time BlackBerry hasfor its phones. Ditching its signature, security-focused BlackBerry platform would be a for the beleaguered one-time market leader whose share has dwindled as Android and iOS platforms soared. It's a move that critics have advised for years.
Despite its struggles, BlackBerry hasn't thrown in the towel yet. It continued releasing new BlackBerry OS devices this year, including theand the .
Although the handset could use Android, the Priv, if that's what it winds up being called, hints at some of BlackBerry's trademark security playing a role: the very name Priv evokes concepts of.
Previous reports suggest that the BlackBerry Venice/Priv could pack a pretty hefty punch. Allegedly, the device could be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and host a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560x1,440 pixels (that's the same as the gorgeousand ). Oh, and then there's that slide-out physical keyboard that looks every bit classic BlackBerry.
A render revealed in a separate leak shows a phone that resembles a curved display with a traditional four-row BlackBerry keyboard.
It's hard to say for certain how BlackBerry plans to market the phone when it arrives. With plenty of time before theannouncement, those details could leak before launch.
BlackBerry didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.