The next BlackBerry handset has had plenty of exposure recently, flaunting its wares under the codename BlackBerry Venice. It's been reported, however, that it's real name will be the BlackBerry Priv.
The source of this information will be familiar to those following the story of BlackBerry's Android slider, as it comes from @evleaks on Twitter, who reported the details, while also offering up a new image of the device.
At retail, Venice transforms into the... BlackBerry Priv— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 23, 2015
It's an unusual name, if true, but it follows the trend of recent BlackBerry handsets having names rather than using numbers, which was the trend in BlackBerry's heyday. Recent launches include the Passport, Classic and Leap, so perhaps Priv fits.
The interesting thing about this handset is that it marks a departure from BB's own OS, instead offering fully-fledged Android, so able to access the Play Store and all of Google's services.
It's also a slider, reported to have a 5.4-inch display up top, with a QWERTY physical keyboard down below and it should come with a fully-packed spec sheet in other departments too.
There's no confirmation from BlackBerry of when we'll see this device, but currently we believe it's going to be launching in mid- to late-November.
We've been keeping up with the whole story behind the BlackBerry Venice/Priv right here for those who want to know more.