BlackBerry's "Mercury" Smartphone is Here, But We Know Nothing About It

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Although BlackBerry will be providing the software, TCL has signed a licensing deal to manufacture and distribute the devices. The PRIV was BlackBerry's first (and only) in-house Android phone.

So what's going to be the first device to see the light of day after the big TCL/BlackBerry announcement? TCL (and BlackBerry) however stuck to the plan, giving only a brief glimpse, of its next BlackBerry-branded smartphone, aka the long-rumoured Mercury. We still have no idea about the numbers and sales but the company seems to be still thriving. BlackBerry has also shied away from removing the headphone jack like some competitors, thankfully.

Now that the BlackBerry Mercury has somewhat been made public, we can get official images of the device.

Hopefully we'll hear more about specs, a price and release date at MWC next month.

By the looks of it, Mercury is a promising model that will compete with new devices that will come out this year.

We haven't seen a physical keyboard on a flagship smartphone in quite a bit of time thanks to the proliferation of touchscreen keyboards. However, the TCL executive didn't mention what the smartphone will be named as, and hence "Blackberry Mercury" is still not confirmed.

A suite filled with Black Berrys at CES? Say what
A suite filled with Black Berrys at CES? Say what

The reason for this is, of course, the physical QWERTY keyboard. The Mercury will run Android 7.0 Nougat, and come preloaded with BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Hub and a DTEK app for greater convenience and security. Another interesting addition is a fingerprint sensor embedded into the space bar.

And yes, you read that right.

The next tweet reveals the bottom part of the smartphone, and what looks like a USB Type-C port in the middle of two speakers.

The DTEK70 also has a fairly industrial looking top panel, above the screen, which looks very similar to the Passport Silver Edition. According to reports, the new device has reportedly been named (for now at least) the the Mercury.

So when can we expect the "Mercury" to make its way to retail stores? This meant that no matter who manufactured BlackBerry devices, the QWERTY keyboard will continue to live on.

A new BlackBerry phone may be on the horizon in 2017. TCL and BlackBerry aren't only focused on business customers, though.

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