It seems that BlackBerry's second Android phone, codenamed BlackBerry Vienna, is already in the works... and it appears that it is going old school.
It wasn't too long ago, BlackBerry's boss John Chen established that the company is already outlining a plan on coming up with a range of products to be released after its very first Android-powered smartphone, the BlackBerry PRIV.
Renders of Vienna have already cropped up over the Web, particularly on CrackBerry, suggesting this Android smartphone is akin to a traditional BlackBerry phone with an always-present physical keyboard. However, Vienna appears to ditch the slider keyboard in favor of BlackBerry's iconic design.
While Vienna looks similar to those BlackBerry phones we have been familiar with many years ago, this phone has a taller form to make room for the touchscreen display.
Also interesting is that the Vienna will come in divergent colors, which include blue, silver, orange and green, albeit it is not clear if BlackBerry plans to release all of these colors. A possibility also exists that BlackBerry may launch even more color options that have been shown off on the leaked renders.
Judging from the leaked renders, it appears that Vienna will sport both rear and front-facing shooters, with the rear camera to come equipped with LED flash. The renders also give the impression that its charging port is located on the left side which sits above the trays for microSD and SIM cards.
Its volume rocker resides on the right side while the power button can be spotted on the left.
Other details on this purported BlackBerry phone are still fuzzy, including specs, price and launch date. But, of course, it is still too early to expect these particulars at this stage.
Since these renders are unofficial, and considering BlackBerry has yet to confirm the veracity of this rumor, there is still a possibility that it could turn out to be fictitious. As such, it is wise to take the rumor with a grain of salt. It is anticipated that BlackBerry will shed light on this rumor in a few weeks or months.