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This is the new Blackberry Venice slider phone

Reports of Blackberry's death have been greatly exaggerated.

Back in February, at this year's World Mobile Congress, BlackBerry executive Ron Louks took to the Barcelona stage and surprised everyone by getting an unknown phone out of his pocket. It wasn't astonishing: a sizeable, touchscreen BlackBerry, it looked unlikely to turn people away from the likes of the iPhone 6 or Galaxy S6.

Then Louks revealed its party piece, sliding a number pad from the back of the phone to a collective "Ooh" from the assembled media. But that was all we got.

Codenamed the BlackBerry Venice, some new details on the illusive handset have been tracked down by cyber sleuth Evan Blass, including these promotional images.

Set to be launched in the US in November, the phone appears to support access to Google's Play store - potentially opening up a world of new apps for BlackBerry users previously starved of strong offerings - in addition to sharing content with other devices.

There's no word on UK release or pricing as of yet, but we'd expect to see it on UK shores before the end of the year.

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