Last week, a rumor suggested that BlackBerry would be releasing an Android powered slider this fall. A phone codenamed the BlackBerry Venice was displayed at MWC with a top-down sliding QWERTY that harkens back to theBlackBerry Torch.

Even though the Venice has been shown with BlackBerry 10 inside, Murtazin says that this will be the Android driven model coming from the Canadian company. BB10 is a true multitasking system, like Android

For the most parts, emulating Android apps hasn’t been a seamless experience on BB10, so having a full-fledged Android device might return the spotlight on BlackBerry again.

Yesterday, a picture by a BlackBerry developer leaked out, allegedly showing a BlackBerry Passport running an Android build. The phone’s model is denoted as BlackBerry Passport SQW-ANDS, with the last letters apparently indicating an Android version of the handset.

After all, the rumors are for flagship specs like a QHD display, and a Snapdragon 808 chipset, which might be one more thing to tip the scale for a switch. Specifically, the ‘Berry slider will supposedly feature a 5.1-inch screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution, powered by an octa-core processor with a back and front camera combo of 16MP/5MP.

Source: phonearena