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Check out the first official renders of the BlackBerry Priv

Not long ago, BlackBerry CEO John Chen revealed its plans of launching the BlackBerry Priv (formerly known as the BlackBerry Venice), its high-end Android-powered slider. Shortly after, a video showed Chen going hands-on on the device in an interview, but it seemed as if the CEO was having trouble working the Priv. Now, we can take a better look at the device, as the Canadian phone maker has posted the Priv’s first official renders on its official blog Inside BlackBerry.

Official renders

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When the BlackBerry Priv was yet to be announced, it generated a lot of interest among BlackBerry and Android fans alike. BlackBerry says that it will soon reveal when the device will be available in stores, and based on how the device has been received, we’re guessing the device will sell like hotcakes. We’re hoping the Priv gets the Canadian phone maker back in the green.

BlackBerry is yet to reveal what features the Priv has to offer or what we should expect under the hood. Fortunately, past leaks have the information you may be looking for. The Priv is rumoured to feature a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). From what we can see, it will feature a curved screen like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, which past reports have revealed. Its camera combo is said to consist of an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS (optical image stabilisation) and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, which will be ideal for snapping selfies and video chat. Under the hood is said to be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor with an Adreno 418 GPU, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. This is the same processor on board the LG G4. It is expected to run Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with BlackBerry 10 slapped on top, working as a custom UI.

The Priv, according to BlackBerry, was designed with privacy in mind, which is the reason why it is called the Priv.

It still remains a mystery when BlackBerry is planning to launch the BlackBerry Priv slider, but serial leakster Evan Blass (popularly known as @evleaks on Twitter), in a past tweet, said that the device will be sold by all four major US carriers in November. We still don’t know when the device will be sold in the UK.

Want to know when the BlackBerry Priv will be available in the UK? Stay tuned here at Phones LTD for further announcements.

Android-powered BlackBerry Venice live photos surface once more – screams Android

In the past few months, we’ve been coming across a number of leaks that claim to spill the beans on the rumoured Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider. Now, newly leaked live photos puts a rest to any doubts that the device will indeed run Google’s operating system.

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AndroidAuthority is responsible for circulating the photos of the BlackBerry Venice’s live photos. Apart from showing us what we’ve already seen before, they also show us that the device will without a doubt run Google’s highly popular operating system in stock form with a few BlackBerry 10 features thrown into the mix. The Venice is shown in one of the photos booting up. It shows the Android bugdroid holding a shield. This represents BlackBerry making the OS more secure. A series of photos shows what BlackBerry has done to change Android. It shows that three options that include Google Now are offered with a swipe up. The two other options include allowing users to create a message or perform a local search.

Another photo shows the Recent Apps page. The “card” for each app is shown in various sizes. The size of the card depends on how often a user uses the app. Additionally, a photo showing the boot screen shows the BlackBerry logo close to the top. It is followed by the phrase “powered by Android.” A few photos also show that users will be allowed to do a few more things from the home screen. These include adding new events or meetings to the calendar and checking agendas for the day. Lastly, Venice owners will be able to compose emails, BBM messages, or send text messages from the home screen.

Specs-wise, the BlackBerry Venice (model number STV100-6) is expected to come with a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). It is said to be curved just like the Samsun g Galaxy S6 Edge. In the photography department, the device  is said to sport an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS and a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie-centric camera. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor with four ARM Cortex-A53, two ARM Cortex-A57 cores, and an Adreno 418 GPU, coupled with 3 GB of RAM is said to be under the hood.

So when will we get to see the BlackBerry Venice slider? Past reports claim that all four major carriers in the US will offer their customers the device in November. it is yet to be determined if the device will land in the UK.

Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

BlackBerry Venice hands-on photos leaked

BlackBerry is rumoured to be cooking up a new high-end slider. The difference between this new smartphone and everything else made by the Canadian phone maker is that it runs Android and not BlackBerry 10 OS. It is such a unique concept that it has intrigued both Android and BlackBerry fans alike. We’ve seen photos and videos that have leaked the device, but these photos and videos are rather blurry or are of low-quality. Fortunately, newly leaked hands-on photos of the said device are of high-quality, which means we can take a better look at the unannounced device.

BlackBerry Venice hands-on photos

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Vietnamese-speaking Techrum is the site responsible for this latest leak. It shows the BlackBerry Venice in a number of angles. One of the photos show where the SIM card slot and the microSD card slot will be located. Normally, smartphones’ SIM card slots and microSD card slots are located on their sides or inside the device next to the battery, but the Venice will have them atop the device.

When it comes to software, past reports claim that the BlackBerry Venice will run Android 5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box with BlackBerry OS 10 working as a skin (UI) slapped on top. They also claim that there will be two versions of the smartphone – one that runs Android and one that runs BlackBerry 10 OS.

When it comes to specs, we’ve learned that the BlackBerry Venice will sport an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that will make it perfect for snapping selfies. Under the hood will be a hexa-core (six cores) Snapdragon 808 CPU with an Adreno 418 GPU for graphics made by Qualcomm, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. Lastly, it is said to sport a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). Its screen is said to be curved on the edges, just like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Its slide houses a physical QWERTY keyboard, which reminds us of the Blackberry handsets of old.

So when is BlackBerry planning to launch the BlackBerry Venice slider? We’ve learned from past reports that the device will be launched in the US via all the four major carriers sometime in November. We still don’t know whether or not BlackBerry plans to release the Venice in the UK, but we’re guessing it will.

Would you get your hands on the BlackBerry Venice if the slider lands in the UK? Let us know through a comment on our Phones LTD Facebook page.

Second leaked BlackBerry Venice video shows off slide-out keyboard

Recently, we came across part of a promotional video that showed off the looks of the rumoured BlackBerry Venice. The video showed what the device would look like, when the slide-out keyboard was out and in. It also showed the devices camera as well as its operating system, which is said to be Android. Now, a new video has been leaked, showing the devices slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Slide-out QWERTY keyboard

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Serial leakster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks on Twitter) is responsible for this new leaked video and the previous video.

Blass leaked a new 5 second video, showing how the physical QWERTY keyboard slides in and out of the BlackBerry Venice. Additionally, you can see that the device is powered by Android. According to reports, the BlackBerry Venice will run Android 5.1 (Lollipop).

We’ve also learned from past reports that the BlackBerry Venice will sport a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (QHD). Its screen is said to be curved just like the edged screen of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Its camera combo is said to be an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with IOS and a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie-centric camera. Under the hood will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core (six cores) coupled with 3 GB of RAM.

According to reports, the BlackBerry Venice will be available in two variants – one will run Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with BlackBerry services slapped on top, while the other will run BlackBerry 10 OS.

So when will BlackBerry launch the Venice? Blass claims that all four major carriers  in the US will be offering the device to their customers in November. We’re guessing major carriers in the UK will offer the device as well at around the same time or at least shortly after.

Would you buy the BlackBerry Venice if it were to be available in the UK? Let us know through a comment on our Phones LTD Facebook page.

BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition makes its official debut

The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition has just made its official debut, and has now launched in the US for $549 (around £353). The new smartphone will also be available in the UK “in the coming weeks.”

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Press release:

BlackBerry Introduces BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition

 

Refined design and enhanced features offer premium look with ultimate productivity experience

Aug 4, 2015

Waterloo, ON BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today unveiled the BlackBerry® Passport Silver Edition, a premium device built for business professionals who want a smartphone with the mobile tools they need to get things done – without sacrificing style or portability.

The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is in a class of its own, featuring a stunning silver finish with refined, curved corners, large square touch screen display and reinforced stainless steel frame for extra strength and durability. An essential business tool, the device delivers the same productivity enjoyed by other BlackBerry Passport products, as well as an updated QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard, battery power that lasts more than a full day of mixed use, and BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.2.

“We strive to deliver products that combine cutting-edge technology with purposeful, globally recognized design, and the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is the latest manifestation of this vision,” said Scott Wenger, Global Head of Design at BlackBerry. “It brings together BlackBerry’s latest OS platform, enhanced productivity features, and a refined industrial design based on customer and user feedback to deliver an unmatched experience for professionals who value precision and focus.”

Thoughtful Design for the Mobile Professional

Inspired by actual passports, the universal symbol of mobility, the size and form factor of BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is portable enough to easily tuck into pockets and use wherever you go. Key features of the device include:

  • Large High-Resolution Square Screen –The BlackBerry Passport includes a 4.5” square screen, 1440×1440 pixel (453 dpi) HD display and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for added strength.
  • Innovative BlackBerry® Keyboard – The BlackBerry Passport’s revolutionary keyboard brings innovation to input with a responsive touch surface like a trackpad that lets you perform many touch functions directly on the keyboard. Scroll web pages, flick to type or slide along the keys to move the cursor, leaving the full screen space for viewing.
  • BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.2 – The BlackBerry Passport comes preloaded with the new BlackBerry 10.3.2 operating system, including features such as BlackBerry Assistant and Amazon Appstore.
  • Best-in-Class Battery Life – The 3450 mAh battery is the largest among the top selling smartphones and phablets and, when tested against a very active user, provides up to 30 hours of mixed use – BlackBerry’s  best battery power to date.*
  • Dual app storefronts preloaded for access to a huge selection of apps for work and play:

o   BlackBerry World – BlackBerry World offers essential business and productivity apps for professionals looking to drive efficient communications and collaboration including Box, Evernote, Cisco WebEx Meetings and Documents to Go.

o   Amazon Appstore – Discover and download popular Android apps and games through the Amazon Appstore including Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Kindle and Amazon Shopping.

  • BlackBerry Assistant The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to respond based on how the user interacts with it – if you type, it responds silently, if you speak, it speaks back and if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional context because it assumes you might not have access to the screen.
  • BlackBerry Blend – BlackBerry Blend 1.2 brings a new refreshed UI and additional functionality and is now available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones. BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer or tablet. Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM™ and text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry.  BlackBerry Blend works across multiple operating systems including Mac, Windows®, iOS and Android™. **
  • Premium Components – The device is built for the most demanding user with durable materials mixed with top-of-the-line technology, including a Quad Core 2.2 GHZ Processor, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP OIS rear camera and 32 GB memory expandable with a Micro SD card up to 128 GB.
  • BlackBerry® Natural Sound – BlackBerry Passport comes with powerful speakers and a quad microphone system that delivers a high-quality listening experience. BlackBerry Natural Sound Technology is built in to adapt Wi-Fi and cellular call sound depending upon phone position and background noise, automatically adjusting volume so you don’t have to.

Pricing and Availability

The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition will be available through ShopBlackBerry.com in North America starting today for $549 USD. The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition will be available through ShopBlackBerry.com in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands in the coming weeks. Amazon.com, Carphone Warehouse and Selfridges will be launching the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition online in the next couple of weeks. Selfridges will also launch the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition in the BlackBerry Shop at Selfridges London. Distributors in select regions will also carry the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition in limited quantities.

A variety of accessories including cases, carrying solutions, chargers, and audio peripherals, are also available through partners or ShopBlackBerry. For a limited time, purchase a BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition through ShopBlackBerry and get over $130 USD worth of accessories with your purchase***. For more information about the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, please visit www.BlackBerry.com/Passport or www.insideblackberry.com

Want to know when the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition will be available in the UK? Keep it here at Phones LTD for further announcements.