A little more than three months after BlackBerryannounced that it no longer has any plans of manufacturing its own smartphone devices, there is a new BlackBerry Device debuting at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show being held in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. The newest BlackBerry is called the Mercury (or the DTEK70), and it is officially the first product to come out since BlackBerry inked a licensing deal with TCL about a couple of weeks ago. Under the terms of the deal, TCL would handle the manufacturing of the new BlackBerry devices (as well as the user interface), while BlackBerry would continue to take care of the designing of the core security features to be used on the new generation handsets.
Like last year’s BlackBerry Priv, the BlackBerry Mercury is a BlackBerry device powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system. And because the BlackBerry brand is quite fond of doing so, the latest device also features a physical QWERTY keyboard, along with a fully functional touch screen display.
But whereas the BlackBerry Priv hid its physical keyboard on a panel that slides in and out of its smartphone body, the BlackBerry Mercury chose instead to put its keyboard prominently on the front side right at the bottom part. For convenience, the space bar comes with a built in fingerprint reader, and users can even swipe along the keys by way of capacitive touch especially when they are trying to navigate whatever is being displayed on the screen.
So far, TCL and BlackBerry have remained mum regarding the official specifications, pricing, and availability of the BlackBerry Mercury. Still, that has not stopped various industry watchers from speculating. As mentioned earlier, the device will run on Android Nougat, but which version exactly? It is quite possible that when it launches, the handset will ship with either version 7.0 or version 7.1. Other rumored specs and features include a display screen with a resolution of 1,620 by 1,080 pixels, 32 gigabytes of onboard memory, and a 3,400 mAh battery, just to mention a few.
After the CES 2017, the next big tech event is the Mobile World Congress, which is scheduled on the later part of next month in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain. It is very likely that TCL and BlackBerry will be showcasing the BlackBerry Mercury by then, and hopefully, every BlackBerry fan will get to know what the first next gen BlackBerry can offer. To explore other devices, start comparing phones and plans from BlackBerry at Wirefly now.
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