Blackberry ‘Mercury’, apparently Blackberry’s last phone with a QWERTY keyboard, will be announced at an event in the days leading up to MWC. President Steve Cistulli sent out a tweet for the event saying, “Bringing something distinctly different to #MWC2017 #Blackberry Mobile.”
About Blackberry Mercury Phone
With the world’s biggest technology conference being round the corner, will be announced that it will release the Mercury smart phone on February 25 at Mobile World Congress, 2017. Blackberry’s licensing partner TCL had already shared a glimpse of the new device at CES, 2017. The phone with an aluminum cased, has black antenna bands USB type-C port at the bottom.
TCL, which holds the agreement to manufacture Blackberry branded smart phone will be selling the units along with the upcoming ‘MERCURY’ phone globally. The news comes from COO and General Manager at Blackberry, Ralph Pini who confirms it to be the last smart phone that will designed by the company. Pini in the official Blackberry Blogs Said, “We are very excited about the coming Blackberry branded “MERCURY” smart phone. Blackberry is Primarily Focused on selling the new devices in fast growing smart phone markets like India, other South-Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal.
TCL, which holds the agreement to manufacture Blackberry branded smart phones will be selling the units along with the upcoming ‘MERCURY’ phone globally. With Blackberry focusing on software and services instead of manufacturing its own device, Pini added, “Blackberry is 100 percent focused on software solutions, providing the embedded intelligence to secure the Enterprise of things so that the internet of things can thrive.
Almost as soon as the Blackberry Priv – the company’s first Android phone launched in 2015, there were rumours circulating about another Android – powered smart phone. Since then, the phone was referreed to with codename Rome, And more recently, ‘Mercury’. At the time it was codenamed Vienna, which made complete sense following on from the Prive which was code – named Venice. In all likeliness, the phone will be called the DTEK70, following on in the numbering sequence of the currently official Blackberry – branded Android phone.
Blackberry Mercury Features
Blackberry handsets the screen won’t be square but adopt a more regularly touch screen aspect. It is claimed to measure just 4.5 – inches diagonally but still pack in a panel with full HD resolution. Venture Beat’s report on the new Blackberry phones suggested it won’t be the usual widescreen 16.9 ratio, but rather a 3:2 ratio display. Given that 1080p looks great on full size 5.5 inch screens, the smaller display on the DTEK70 should be very crisp. In other words, get ready for some heavy letter boxing on your videos.
Like traditional Blackberry phones, and unlike the Priv, the DTEK70 also has metal frets in between the four rows of keys on the physical keyvoard. Above the keys, below the display, there is the traditional Android trio of capacitive buttoms. The DTEK70 does not have a sliding display, and won’t look like a traditional candybar all touch device either. While we have not got a handle on the details of the ‘Mercury’, we do have a fairly good idea about its design, build and styling.
Blackberry would release four colour variants: silver, green, grey and red. The frame is really well rouneded , giving it a comfortable in hand feel, and the volume rocker and Convenience Key are pretty low down, and easy to reach. This top edge feature just a 3.5mm jack, while the bottom edge plays home to the type C port and the two grilles which cover the microphone and loud speaker.
A report from Venture Beat states states that the Blackberry DTEK70 will be equipped with a mid – tier Snapdragon 625 prcessor, as well as 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The Geek bench listing also indicated that it will launch running Android 7.0 Nougat, making it the first Blackberry device to be loaded with the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. It will be the classic a couple of years ago, and the first “proper” Blackberry running Android. It’s also rumours to feature a huge 3,400mAh battery. There is no word on whether or not there is any Quick Charger support, but with a phone that big and the type C port, we suggest that it would need something to fill it up quickly..
Blackberry Mercury Specification
|Network:||Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Launch:||Announced Status Not anounced yet|
Weight : –
SIM: Nano – SIM – Capacitive touch 3 row Blackberry keyboard
|Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours|
Size: 4.5 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~ 490 ppi pixel density)
|OS: Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
CPU: Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
GPS: Adreno 530
|Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB|
Internal: 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
|Camera:||Primary: 13Mega Pixal, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash|
Secondary: 8Mega Pixel, f/2.2, 1080p
Features: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
|Sound:||Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack: Yes
|Comms:||WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-brand, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
|Features:||Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM
|Battery:||Non-removable Li-Ion battery|
Blackberry has confirmed that the DTEK70 will be unveiled on 25 February.