The BlackBerry “Mercury” with physical keyboard, made by TCL

BlackBerry Mercury’s first look has been officially announced at a closed press event. TCL, which is now manufacturing BlackBerry smartphones, shared a teaser video of the phone. While first look videos and photos of the device are already available on the Internet, it looks like the official launch will be delayed to MWC 2017.

At CES, TCL and BlackBerry are only giving a sneak peek at the upcoming smartphone. The short 22-second video shows the Mercury featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, reminiscent of BlackBerry’s classic designs. The phone has an aluminum casing on the sides with black antenna bands and a USB Type-C port at the bottom along with two speaker grilles. The right side of the device will house the power on/off button along with the volume rockers.

Mercury

However, leaks of the device and rumours suggest that the device is codenamed “Mercury.” The screen is apparently a 4.5-inch display in a 3:2 ratio. The device is rumoured to have a 2GHz Qualcomm processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Both the front and back cameras can capture 18MP resolution images.

“Our industry is in the midst of an evolution, where consumers are now demanding greater functionality and value from their mobile devices than ever before,” said Steve Cistulli in a press statement yesterday.

Specifications of BlackBerry Mercury

  • 4.5-inch display in a 3:2 ratio
  • 2GHz Qualcomm processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • front and back18MP camera

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