BlackBerry Venice release date, specs: device tipped to release as BlackBerry Priv

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Rumors about the Android phone being developed by BlackBerry have been circulating on the Internet since early June. Although it was introduced under the name Venice, it is now suggested that the official name of the new smartphone will be Priv.

Freelance editorialist and online tipster Evan Blass said on his Twitter account, “At retail, Venice transforms into the… BlackBerry Priv.” Blass also tweeted an image of the new mobile device which features a classic QWERTY keyboard that slides from underneath the very slim screen.

As reported by Crack Berry, the choice of name resonates with the privacy and security history of BlackBerry.

According to PC Mag, a render teased back in August 2015 featured a screen with a slope down both sides. Also, like the BlackBerry Z30, it will have a stainless steel frame and glass-weave pattern.

The other features of the Priv, according to rumors, will include a Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. It will also have a 5.4-inch QHD curved glass screen with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution. An 18-megapixel camera might also be included. For applications, Chromecast might be supported as well as BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry Universal Search. Meanwhile, like a trackpad, the keyboard will be touch-sensitive so that users will not have to reach up to type.

Back in July, the Canada-based phone manufacturer announced its partnership with Google through their BES12 security software. This was integrated with Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android for Work. The software enhances security and provides open innovation platform across all devices running Android.

The release of the BlackBerry Priv will mark the first time that the manufacturer will use a different operating system for its devices. Despite struggles in the past, the company released this year some new units that included the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic, which all used the BlackBerry OS.