BlackBerry and TCL are expected to finally make the “Mercury” a real thing at the upcoming MWC 2017 show, but there appear to be more surprises on the way.
According to fresh leaks, there is a new BlackBerry midrange phone on the way. Unlike the BlackBerry Mercury which has model number BBB100, the newly leaked device has model number BBC100-1. This is a mysterious one and in fact, BlackBerry nor TCL had not mentioned a thing about what they have in store this 2017.
After showcasing the Mercury to a small number of people behind closed doors, many were only expecting this device to be launched, probably alongside other technologies. But as it seems, the two have more than just the Mercury to showcase at the MWC event. If the tipster is to be believed, the BlackBerry BBC100-1 will ship with decent specs, but it seems the Canadian company is targeting the midrange family with this phone.
The screen size will reportedly be huge at 5.5 inches, but the resolution will disappoint some at only 720p. On the inside, the BlackBerry BBC100-1 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor that is clocked at a speed of 1.4GHz and is paired with an Adreno 308 GPU and 4GB RAM. The storage will be at 32GB and possibly there will be room for microSD card expansion.
BlackBerry "BBC100-1": Snapdragon 425 1,4 GHz, 5.5in, 720p HD, 4/32GB, 13/8MP, Dual-SIM, 3000mAh.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) January 26, 2017
In terms of cameras, the leak puts a 13MP on the back of the BlackBerry BBC100-1 and an 8MP selfie shooter on the front. The phone will reportedly come with support for dual-SIM connectivity and have a huge 3000mAh battery to keep the lights on.
Although not mentioned, the BlackBerry BBC100-1 should come preinstalled with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. This is expected especially since the BlackBerry Mercury will be powered by this same OS out of the box.
As you can see, the name of this phone is not even known. As such, take these leaks with a grain of salt, at least until BlackBerry confirms the existence of this midrange BBC100-1 phone.