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BlackBerry Mercury, Making Keyboards Cool Again: Phone Specs, News, Release Date

By JR O. , Jan 24, 2017 02:59 AM EST

The BlackBerry Mercury, or the BlackBerry DTEK70, is the highly anticipated smartphone from BlackBerry. It is yet again a keyboard-sporting smartphone that will run Android from the box. Here's what's known about BB's upcoming smartphone so far.

BlackBerry Mercury News

As per Trusted Reviews, BlackBerry has quit the smartphone making game last year. However, its licensing agreements mean that the BB brand can live on forever, which is why a new phone carrying the BlackBerry name is expected to be launched. It's worth noting though that the new BlackBerry phone is no longer being built by BlackBerry itself. Instead, a company called TCL is taking over as it now owns the license to the mobile brand. Of course, BlackBerry is still slightly involved in the new smartphone and this BlackBerry Mercury is supposedly the last phone that BlackBerry engineered and designed in house. TCL, nevertheless, is the one solely responsible for the manufacturing.

BlackBerry Mercury Specs And Release

TCL has already mentioned releasing multiple BlackBerry smartphones in the future and the first one which is the BlackBerry Mercury has already been unveiled. This new smartphone was announced during the CES 2017 event, however, that announcement was more like a soft launch and not a lot of details have been shared. But if rumors are to be considered, then the BlackBerry Mercury or BlackBerry DTEK70 may once again appear at the MWC 2017 event, and hopefully, with all the important details included.

As for the BlackBerry Mercury's specs, it's worth noting that the official set of specs are still uncertain at this point. But basing on the limited info that the web sources have to offer, the BlackBerry Mercury could come with a 4.5 inch Full HD display. As for the ports, there will be a USB C port and a conventional headphone jack. Furthermore, the device could be powered by a Snapdragon 635 processor. The BlackBerry Mercury could then come with 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage, and a 3400 mAh battery. As for the device's camera, an 18 MP rear cam alongside an 8 MP front cam can be expected, as per The Inquirer.

Nevertheless, one of the most interesting things about the BlackBerry Mercury is that it will sport the iconic QWERTY keyboard that BB has been known for. The added good news about it is that the phone's keys are now innovated, so you can perform different actions on it such as scrolling. Additionally, the phone will run the latest Android version which is the Nougat, making the BlackBerry Mercury quite a competition to high-end but last season Androids.

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