BlackBerry’s mysterious new smartphone is almost here. It was unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and will be introduced at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 25.
Even though BlackBerry has been teasing the world with images and GIFs of its new device, the official name, price and specifications are not yet confirmed. At the moment, it is known as ‘BlackBerry Mercury’ in the market.
It will be the first smartphone released by BlackBerry since the Chinese electronics company, TCL Corporation bought over its rights in December 2016.
Here is a sneak peek of the BlackBerry Mercury through its official Twitter account:
According to teaser images and multiple-sourced rumours, the BlackBerry Mercury seems to sport a full-fledged physical QWERTY keypad, in addition to the touch screen. Users may be able to swipe and scroll the screen from the keypad which seems to be working as a motion-sensor trackpad. The space bar on the keypad multitasks as a fingerprint scanner.
The device is rumoured to have a 4.5-inch multi-touch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. With a 3GB RAM, the device is speculated to run on Android 7.0 Nougat OS.
BlackBerry was a popular brand name and many of us 90s babies had one of its mobile phones as our first. Therefore, we may still have a soft spot for its signature QWERTY keypad. Yet, the comeback will be difficult with giants like Apple and Samsung and popularity and trust will have to be earned with time. BlackBerry has always been popular for the security of its OS. Now that it will be running on a different Android platform, TCL may have to work a bit harder on presenting innovative, state-of-the-art devices with unique designs to stand a good chance in the market.
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