BlackBerry and TCL are expected to reveal a couple of new smartphones during the CES 2017, in Las Vegas, and, like expected, a couple of images with one of them, BlackBerry Mercury, made the rounds online.
The Mercury is the last model designed in-house by the Canadian manufacturer and, you guessed it, it has a QWERTY keyboard, BB’s signature design element.
This isn’t the first time when images with this handset appear online, as it was spotted a few weeks ago, revealing a device looking like a trimmer version of the Passport. However, today, a couple of new images emerged!
The BlackBerry Mercury is supposed to feature a dual curved-edge display and a pretty interesting physical keyboard. Unlike the Passport, this model is relying on a combination of on screen and physical keys, including punctuation and numbers.
Spec-wise, the smartphone is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 821 chip, with a quad-core CPU and an Adreno 530 GPU, while the amount of RAM is still unknown, but it should be 3 or 4 GB. As for the display, it should measure 4.5″ and rock a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Other features worth mentioning, according to several sources, are a large battery, big enough to power the phone for two days, as well as a fingerprint scanner, embedded in the space bar. The latter is a premiere for BlackBerry, as no other smartphone from the company’s portfolio had a bio-metric reader until now.
The BlackBerry Mercury will be designed, manufactured, marketed, sold and supported by TCL, the same company that made the DTEK50 and DTEK 60 models. This decision was taken after they figured out that it’s very hard to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, so from now on, BB is planning to focus on software and services.