The Upcoming BlackBerry Mercury Could Get An Exclusive Release With Verizon
- Darryl Hart
As BlackBerry recently announced, it is transitioning its handheld devices strategy to focus on continued software innovation - ultimately providing the most secure and comprehensive software for devices around the world, while working with third parties to develop hardware and distribute and market the BlackBerry handset brand. Just below the display screen, the phone will feature the classic non-sliding keyboard from the likes of the other Blackberry handsets, namely the BlackBerry Curve and Bold, unlike the Blackberry Priv, which has a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard.
In a few days, the tech community will descend upon Las Vegas to take part in the mother of all tech trade shows, CES 2017, which kicks off on January 5 and runs through January 8, 2017.
Mercury is a lot like a traditional BlackBerry phone, then.
We also have a better idea of what we can expect in terms of specs for the BlackBerry Mercury.
Cistulli also promised that the Irvine, California-based company will reveal more about their plans in pursuing BlackBerry's direction in the smartphone industry at their CES 2017 presentation.
Other than the carrier, Quandt didn't specify details of the exact release date of Blackberry Mercury. The latest one comes from well-known tipster Roland Quandt and he says that the device which will be called BBB100 (no relation to BB8 from the Star Wars universe) will be released in the United States through the Verizon carrier. Also likely on board is a 3 GB of RAM paired with a 32 GB of built-in storage. Another Blackberry phone - Priv - is now offered by Verizon, so Mercury is assumed to be the company's second Blackberry phone running on an Android operating system. A 3,400 mAh battery pack is also expected, which could have the phone running for two days straight.
One interesting feature, according to the leaked poster above, is a fingerprint scanner that's embedded in the Mercury's space bar.
The relationship between TCL Communication and BlackBerry builds upon their respective leadership positions in mobile communications, as well as existing work together on the DTEK50 and DTEK60 handsets.
It was not very long ago that several images of the BlackBerry Mercury had allegedly shown up. The smartphone will run powered by Android 7.0 Nougat.