It’s happening. An Android powered BlackBerry Slider code-named Venice is headed toward an imminent release. BlackBerry hasn’t officially spoken about the device or the OS it might be running since it’s early tease at MWC. Similar in style to the BlackBerry Passport the BlackBerry Slider is surely creating a groundswell of supporters and critics ahead of any official announcement. The specs, launch date and overall software package remain a mystery, but courtesy of a source via Android Authority we’re seeing a video of the device in a brief almost too low quality to be true 480p video. Love those pixels…
One interesting bit is the updated camera bezel which names Schneider optics on the ring. Revealing a bit behind what kind of lens may come on the 18MP shooter. Megapixels aren’t everything but we’ve heard BlackBerry has been on the hunt for camera software developers in the past few quarters. It’s an interesting track and the hardware is revealing some nice, simple, high end accouterments. We’ll see how the pairing of hardware to software irons out for BlackBerry… too much remains to be really seen. The big, in your face front facing speaker is another item that looks great and implies great sound, but without any samples it’s hard to say so prematurely.
Here are some of our observations which were already suggested in previous articles:
- BlackBerry 10 Slider May Sport Front Facing Speaker, Four Row Touch Enabled Keyboard (March)
- BlackBerry Slider Running Android Lollipop (July)
- BlackBerry Slider May Sport 18 MP OIS Camera & Patented Glass Weave Backing (August)
The specs seem solid enough as per the rumors:
- 5.5-inch Quad-HD display
- 18 MP rear-camera
- 5 MP front-camera
- 1.8 GHz Hexa-core (Snapdragon 808 chipset) 64-bit
- 3 GB RAM
What are your thoughts on this device based on what we see in the evaluation unit from the video?