BlackBerry Mercury AKA BlackBerry DTEK70 has been in the rumors for months now, featuring as the last QWERTY keyboard smartphone the company has been working on for the just-ended year 2016.
The likes of BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60 already made their way into the mainstream market and while the BlackBerry Mercury was expected before the end of 2016, it appears that the Canadian company won’t be keeping its fans waiting anymore.
In a new tweet made by TCL President and GM for the North American market, Steve Cistulli, it is confirmed that a BlackBerry mobile phone with a QWERTY keyboard will be launched at the upcoming CES 2017 event. Stimuli made the tweet with a video teaser on top of it confirming similarities between the phone and what has been in the rumors thus far.
In case you didn’t know, TCL is the company that is now taking care of BlackBerry’s hardware while the latter only handles the software part of the phones. This deal started with the DTE50 and DTEK60 and it is making its way to the BlackBerry Mercury or as some say, the DTEK70. Sistulli’s message did not give out much, only confirming that the phone will have a physical keyboard.
— Steve Cistulli (@SteveCistulli) January 3, 2017
On the contrary, there have been plenty of rumors about this handset, some of which we have covered in a recent post. Apparently, the compact BlackBerry Mercury will come with a screen size of about 4.6 inches with a resolution of 1620 x 1080 pixels. Under the hood, the Mercury is rumored to be packing a powerful Snapdragon 625 processor, an octa-core SoC that will be paired with a RAM of 3GB. There is the talk of a decent storage of 32GB with room for microSD card storage and the battery will reportedly be huge at 3400mAh. Given that this phone will also come with a fingerprint scanner and run on Android 7.0 Nougat, it will be interesting to see how the market will respond to it. Sadly, it is thought that the Mercury will remain exclusive to Verizon Wireless.