BlackBerry's next Android phone to sport QWERTY keyboard
Back in the first week of January, Steve Cistulli, President & GM of TCL Communication in North America, tweeted a four second video of a new BlackBerry smartphone featuring a physical keyboard. The company unveiled it at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for visitors to try it out but stopped short of giving the phone a name or announcing its specifications, features, pricing or release date.
Enjoy our official first look at what’s to come from the newest BlackBerry smartphone. More to come at MWC. pic.twitter.com/gHkwepCPbJ— Steve Cistulli (@SteveCistulli) January 4, 2017
Enjoy our official first look at what’s to come from the newest BlackBerry smartphone. More to come at MWC. pic.twitter.com/gHkwepCPbJ
Cistulli also posted another twenty-second video showing the smartphone from all angles. From what we know so far, the phone is code-named 'Mercury' and features a physical QWERTY keyboard, a 3:2 aspect display screen, a 4.5-inch display, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, a 2GHz Qualcomm processor and 18-MP front and rear cameras. The phone will be officially launched at Mobile World Congress on 25th February and may go on sale shortly thereafter.
BlackBerry's Mercury with QWERTY keyboard and Android OS confirmed!
Yesterday, BlackBerry sent out press invites for the event which will witness the launch of the upcoming flagship phone. The GIF image reveals the phone from the front angle- revealing two front cameras, a metal body, a well-designed physical keyboard which isn't a slide-out one unlike in the Priv and large speaker grills at the top.
Not much is presently known about the phone's internal specifications because of lack of leaks and because TCL chose to withhold such information before the actual launch. However, what we also know is that when Steve Cistulli first announced the phone, he highlighted the word 'PRESS' in capital letters which also suggested that the upcoming phone could be named as such.