Here we go again. First there was the BlackBerry Venice, which was leaked profusely long before it was announced. Now, less than a week after that device launched, rumors of the BlackBerry Vienna have started to leak out.
The Venice code name turned into the Priv, BlackBerry’s first Android phone (read our review), AND we soon learned more BlackBerry Android devices are in the pipeline. This latest appears to be the company’s second Android phone.
As you can see pictured above, courtesy of CrackBerry, this looks more like a traditional BlackBerry device, ever-present hardware keyboard and all. The renders show silver, blue, black, and red variants, as well as the usual suspects: physical navigation buttons, front-facing camera, rear camera with flash, power button on the left, and volume buttons on the right.
If you’re a BlackBerry fan but don’t like sliders, this may be the smartphone you’ve been waiting for. We don’t have any details or specifications to go off just yet, but you can bet this will be running Android with BlackBerry’s tweaks on top. Because these are renders, don’t be surprised if the design changes.
Keep in mind, there is no guarantee this phone will launch. Still, we have a pretty good idea of what the plan is. The BlackBerry Priv is the only phone the Canadian company will be pushing for the rest of the year; there won’t be any more BlackBerry phones running Android unveiled this year.
That said, come CES 2016, expect BlackBerry to, at the very least, drop hints of more Android phones in the works. Logically, the next phone will not be a slider, but a more traditional BlackBerry phone with the keyboard front and center.
Of course, if the Priv sells poorly, BlackBerry may be forced to change its plans. CEO John Chen has said that if his handset division doesn’t turn a profit next year, BlackBerry may exit the phone business.