The BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition is already official, and it comes running BlackBerry 10.3.2. But, according to a handful of recently surfaced images, BlackBerry was toying with the idea of releasing the device running Android out of the box. Or at least it appears that way.
There have been sketchy rumors about BlackBerry releasing an Android device in the future, but there hasn’t been much evidence beyond hearsay. Based on the images, however, it looks like the company is a little more serious than we thought. Now when is thing going to be released?
There are a number of ways this could have been faked—launchers, photoshop, etc. ButCrackberry is convinced it might actually be legit. Or not. It’s difficult to tell. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen signs of Android running on a Passport, which leads us to believe BlackBerry is at least entertaining the idea of using Android exclusively. But until any official announcements are made, we’ll try and contain our excitement.
Get a load of the pictures above, and see if you can spot any signs of fakery. BlackBerry already announced the Passport Silver Edition, so it’s very unlikely the company will announce a separate version running Google’s OS. Rather, BlackBerry appears to be internally testing how Google’s software would play with its famous hardware—keyboard in tow.
As a quick refresher, the Passport Silver Edition will sport a 4.5-inch square display with a 1440 x 1440-pixel resolution, 3450mAh battery, 13-megapixel camera (2-megapixel front), Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Not a bad phone, which BlackBerry fans can pickup straight from the company for $549.