Although you’d have probably thought the 72nd Venice International Film Festival that wrapped up on Saturday was the more logical choice for a real-life outdoor test of BlackBerry’s upcoming rookie Android effort, the Canadian phone manufacturer elected a venue closer to home to offer a short glimpse of the “Venice” handheld.
Unintentionally, we presume, a Toronto International Film Festival attendee let a curious, eagle-eyed bystander take a blurry photo of what looks like a very advanced Venice prototype, carefully sheltered by a nonetheless revealing case.
This is by no means the first time we get to check out the slider in the wild, and we’ve seen both renders and actual live pics in much better quality, with greater detail concerning software, as well as the front, rear and lateral design.
What’s special about this latest leak is the BlackBerry Venice seems to have a stock Android Messenger app open, which confirms the platform’s proprietary modifications won’t go too far. Hopefully, they’ll focus chiefly on security, and stop short of radical Amazon-grade Fire OS alterations.
Lollipop should be the operating system flavor at the core of the touchscreen/QWERTY hybrid, and rumored hardware specs include a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB RAM, 5.4-inch Quad HD display, as well as 18MP rear camera.
TIFF 2015 got started on September 10, and ends September 20, so it’s possible we’ll get higher-resolution BlackBerry Venice stills later in the week. Stay tuned!