What do you do when your once very successful smartphone market reigning company falls to less than 1% of market share? Well, if you are smart like BlackBerry, you will incorporate the most popular OS in the market into your latest smartphone to increase its demand.
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It is no secret that BlackBerry has been reeling under the negative effects of the competitive segment with big brands like Samsung, Apple, Sony, Microsoft etc. taking a bigger share of the smartphone market. The BlackBerry OS is in no way able to compete fiercely with the likes of iOS, Android, or Windows…and this is why BlackBerry is soon launching a smartphone that will see the green robot running the show. Yes, we are talking about the new BlackBerry Venice that will incorporate the Android Lollipop within its design!
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Rumour mills had been rife with speculations about the new BlackBerry venture but up until now they were just that- rumours. Now thanks to the YouTube channel of Canadian phone reseller, Baka Mobile, we can put those rumours to rest and see for ourselves which of these rumours were true and which ones were just figments of our imagination.
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According to the video, the BlackBerry Venice will sport a comfortable slide out QWERTY keypad along with a touch screen not unlike the BlackBerry Passport. The capacitive touch helps to scroll through web pages with ease. The four minute video also sees the presenter note that the smartphone is comfortable to hold and seems to be of good quality.
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The BlackBerry Passport will operate on the latest Android Lollipop, thus making it appealing to all those app lovers out there. There are quite a few good features like double tapping to wake up the phone, shortcuts for access to BlackBerry Hub… Oh yes, it will have the characteristic BlackBerry features too. Other useful shortcuts include Google Services and Universal Search which will allow the user to look for any documents, contacts, etc. within the phone.
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The slider appears to slide out with ease without any lags. The left profile of the phone houses the power/lock button while the right one incorporates the volume key and the Smart Action key. One can find the microUSB port along with a 3.5mm audio jack at the bottom of the smartphone. The speakers too, are located at the bottom. The slot for the SIM card and microSD card can be found at the top of the phone.
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Coming to the hardware of Venice, the phone supposedly will sport a 5.4″ qHD screen. Reports also suggest that the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor along with 3GB of RAM which will ensure a smooth multitasking experience for the user. On the camera front, it will incorporate an 18 megapixels primary camera and 5 megapixels secondary camera.
Although the price of the phone is yet to be announced, it may fall in the high range considering the specs. Come November and we can see for ourselves if BlackBerry is able to get back on its feet with the Android crutches or not…