BlackBerry has been in the news recently with rumors of it working on two Android-powered devices referred to as Venice and Dallas. But now we have reports suggesting these models are now in India for evaluation and testing.
Test units for India
Indian import and export tracker website Zauba reported the entries of both models into the country. Zauba reports that two units of the BlackBerry Dallas and five units of the Blackberry Venice were transported to India from Canada on July 4. The price of the Dallas is reported to be Rs. 24,623 (approx. $388), while the Venice is shown at Rs. 63,262 (approx. $997). Similar to earlier devices such as Leap, the current ones are labeled as evaluation units, suggesting they are test devices for the company’s Indian employees.
The BlackBerry Dallas, also dubbed Oslo, is expected to have the following specifications: a 1440 x 1440 IPS LCD display resolution with 453 pixels per inch (ppi) running on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and equipped with 3GB of RAM. The internal specs will be same as the BlackBerry Passport, while some variation in external designs can be expected, like curved corners at the bottom of the device. The speaker grill, a front-facing camera and ambient and proximity light sensors are expected to sit on the top.
The device has already been approved for certification by Indonesia’s e-Postel, Malaysia’s e-CoM and Singapore’s IDA. All of these agencies are equivalent to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Expected specs of BlackBerry Venice
The BlackBerry Venice is expected to have a 5.4-inch quad-FD display with 2560 x 1440 display resolution and be powered by a 64-bit 1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM. It might come with an 18MP primary camera and a 5MP front camera. Along with a retro keypad slider, tje Venice is also expected to come with curved corners. There are rumors that in the U.S., it could be exclusive to AT&T.
The BlackBerry Dallas and Venice will be the first smartphones from the Canadian firm running on Android. Whether or not BlackBerry will be able to gain some of its lost market share with these phones remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure. Android-powered BlackBerry phones will surely be something worth waiting for. However, as of now, there has been no official information from the Canadian firm on Dallas or Venice.