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Second BlackBerry Android handset leaks online

BlackBerry Vienna Android smartphone to become Priv's successor
BlackBerry Vienna
Codenamed Vienna, this smartphone promises to bring back the trademark front-facing physical keyboard layout that made BlackBerry handsets stand out, but there are no other details available for now.

BlackBerry Priv is a very attractive handset, but it also needs to sell well enough to ensure its makers have a future on this market. However, it looks like the company formerly known as RIM is already working on its successor. CrackBerry recently unveiled a few renders of the handset, although all its technical specs and features remain unknown for now.

The company's upcoming second Android handset is called Vienna while BlackBerry Priv has been known as Venice while in development. Unlike its predecessor, the Vienna has a thumb keyboard below the screen that does not slide or fold, following the classic BlackBerry design. Its large display will probably have 5.2 to 5.7 inches in size, but no figure has been rumored yet.

Since the BlackBerry Priv has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 under the hood and runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, it would not be a surprise to see its successor powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and loaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow or a later version, since it will probably come out in mid-2016 or later. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we will keep an eye on this topic and report as soon as we hear more, so stay tuned.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-11-12 (Update: 2015-11-12)