Rumours surrounding BlackBerry Venice continue to build

Rumours surrounding BlackBerry Venice continue to build

Rumours surrounding BlackBerry's alleged new Venice model are continuing to gain momentum, with the internet rife with speculation about the new model's specs, release date and price.

One thing is for certain, the Venice will be a landmark handset for the fledgling Canadian company, becoming the first to run Google's Android operating system.

Analysts, fans and onlookers alike were all sent into overdrive last month when several images of the alleged new release were leaked onto the internet, suggesting the new phone had kept the traditional QWERTY keyboard that has become synonymous with BlackBerry, placing inside a sliding keyboard, which will make it something of a rarity for and Android smartphone.

The decision to place the physical keyboard on a sliding mechanism means that Android purists will still be able to use the familiar touchscreen interface.

Other features to be touted include a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC, which will be supported by 3GB of RAM and a microSD slot for expanded storage.

Powered by the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system – the first BlackBerry phone to do so.

Rumours have circled suggesting the company could release a version running the BlackBerry 10 OS.

While there is precious little surrounding the battery of the new device, it will include a 5.4-inch curved QHD screen with a 2560 x 1440p resolution and a high-res Super AMOLED display.

Reports over in the US suggest the new device is being primed for November release, although no definite price has yet been mentioned.

There is also no mention of a UK release date, but BlackBerry fans here will undoubtedly look at the release of the Venice with much interest, even if it doesn't happen to arrive on our shores.