BlackBerry has announced that it will introduce its new device “Mercury” on February 25 at Mobile World Congress. This new device will feature a QWERTY keyboard and will run Android.
In recent months, we have heard enough leaks about this device, known as BlackBerry DTEK70 Mercury. It will come with a 4.5 “screen with a 4: 3 ratio, a physical QWERTY keyboard with built-in heart rate sensor in the space bar, USB Type-C port and headphone jack.
The new BlackBerry will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and 3GB of RAM. The main camera will have a resolution of 18MP, and the phone will incorporate with a battery of 3,400 mAh battery that promises a great autonomy given the small size of the screen.
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As for the software, it is expected to arrive with Android 7.0 Nougat and, above, the Blackberry customization layer that secures some aspects of the terminal and adds additional applications such as BlackBerry Hub to unify emails, calls and messages in one place.
The BlackBerry DTEK70 Mercury will be aimed at the business world, but could also be interesting for certain users who like long physical keyboards.
It will display a built-in fingerprint sensor in the phone’s physical space bar, USB Type C connectivity and you can also take advantage of the keyboard gestures to scroll through the phone menus.
We told you that we were able to follow this mobile from the CES, and while the software was not nearly finished, the hardware felt extremely solid on hand and we were really impressed.
With the Mercury, the BlackBerry brand faces a difficult battle. Since several of his fans have fled into the hands of other brands. Now it’s TCL, a Chinese company that licenses the BlackBerry name to manufacture and distribute BlackBerry hardware.
At this time, TCL has ambition plans to build a portfolio of BlackBerry devices that span the high end phone to more affordable.