It is now official that the newly launched BlackBerry Mercury, which made its first appearance at the CES 2017, will be unveiled at the upcoming MWC event.
According to a teaser published on the official BlackBerry Twitter page, the company suggests that the Mercury will be here on the 25th of February, which will be more than one day before the main MWC 2017 event begins on 27th. The BlackBerry Mercury is another interesting smartphone from the Canadian company assisted by China’s TCL that brings back the feel of the physical QWERTY keyboard on, well, a touchscreen phone.
During the launch of this phone at the CES 2017 earlier this month, BlackBerry did not reveal the name and specifics of the handset, but thanks to quite a good number of rumors and leaks out there, it seems the device will be known as BlackBerry Mercury. Like the previous BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60, this new phone runs on the company’s version of Android, but the latest version.
In terms of specs, the BlackBerry Mercury will reportedly ship with a compact 4.5-inch display screen with an aspect ratio of 4:3, but the resolution is yet to be made clear. The screen is touch-enabled and the keyboard comes just below it. The keyboard’s space bar carries the phone’s fingerprint scanner and to make things even better, the entire keyboard has the tech giant’s touch-based input system. In short, users of this phone will be able to handle this keyboard like they’d do with a trackpad.
— BlackBerry Mobile (@BBMobile) January 24, 2017
Like many other OEMs, the BlackBerry Mercury will come with a USB-C port, but it keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack. Under the hood, there is a Snapdragon 625 SoC that will be paired with a RAM of 3GB. The back of the phone will reportedly ship with an 18MP sensor while the battery unit will have a capacity of 3400mAh. As usual, BlackBerry will also include its security-focused tweaks in a bit to make the phone harder to mess around with.
In addition to Google’s preinstalled apps, BlackBerry Mercury will also come with some BB-owned apps, among them, the BlackBerry Hub, but these are still based on rumors. With the device about a month away, we should be hearing more about its specs in the coming days. Keep following us!