BlackBerry CEO John Chen in a recent interview with Fox Business News talked of a “range of products” after the launch of the Priv. And now the first of that “range” might have appeared via a leak.
BlackBerry Vienna – expected specs
CrackBerry got hold of a few images of the deice codenamed BlackBerry Vienna.
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“Vienna ditches the Priv’s slider in favor of the iconic BlackBerry layout, with a front-facing physical keyboard that is always present,” CrackBerry said.
The BlackBerry Vienna is expected to be available in silver, black, dark blue, dark green and red. The device is also said to come with a brushed metal finish. Alongside the front camera, the device will have a front-facing mono speaker at the top of the phone. The left side of the device will have a slot for MicroSD or SIM cards, while on the other side, it will have volume and power buttons.
During the interview with FBN, Chen said BlackBerry’s roadmap will center on Android, so it may not be wrong to expect the Vienna to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow or 5.1 Lollipop. Since security is the major feature that differentiates a BlackBerry from other Android devices, BlackBerry’s security suite will also be available on the Vienna. No further details like dimensions, specs, price or release date are available for the Vienna.
How the Vienna is different from the Priv
As of now, there is no information about the camera megapixel count, but the sensor on the device in the leaked image appears to be too small for a 18-megapixel OIS camera, which is on the Priv. It would not be a surprise if the Canadian firm lowers the camera to an 8 or 13-megapixel sensor to make it competitive with the majority of mid-range Android devices.
Instead of the software buttons used on the Priv, Vienna could come with capacitive buttons. The Priv was BlackBerry’s first flagship Android-based phone, so it could be assumed that the Vienna will be offered as a mid-range option to buyers who want a physical keyboard but are not ready to pay $700 for it.
Meanwhile the BlackBerry Priv appears to have a solid start as it sold out on Amazon. The online retailer started selling the device after its official release in the U.S. Within fa ew hours, the phone was sold out, and Amazon’s BlackBerry Priv webpage displayed the message: “Currently unavailable. We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”