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Alleged BlackBerry Mercury renders surface showing off 4.5-inch screen and physical QWERTY

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Alleged BlackBerry Mercury renders surface showing off 4.5-inch screen and physical QWERTY
With BlackBerry and TCL expected to show off the next generation of BlackBerry devices at CES in Las Vegas next month, one of the handsets is expected to be the last model designed in-house by BlackBerry. As expected, this device is supposedly going to have a QWERTY keyboard. Previously leaked images of the phone, which was given a code name of "BlackBerry Mercury," revealed a handset that looked like a trimmer version of the BlackBerry Passport with a physical QWERTY on board.

This morning, some new renders of the Mercury surfaced, revealing a dual curved-edge screen (although the curves seem mild compared to others sporting a similar design), and there is the physical QWERTY. Unlike the Passport, which uses a combination of physical keys and on screen characters, the Mercury's QWERTY keyboard includes punctuation and numbers.

The BlackBerry Mercury will reportedly be powered by the Snapdragon 821 chipset, which includes a quad-core CPU and the Adreno 530 GPU. A large battery with enough juice to run the phone two days on a single charge is expected to be inside. The screen-size, shortened by the physical QWERTY, is said to measure 4.5-inches. A fingerprint scanner will be embedded in the space bar. This will be the first 'Berry to include the Biometric reader.

All subsequent BlackBerry handsets after the Mercury will be designed, manufactured, marketed, sold and supported by TCL. The most recent pair of BlackBerry handsets, the DTEK50 and DTEK60, are re-branded TCL models. The former is a Alcatel Idol 4 that was revamped for BlackBerry, while the latter is a revised TCL 950. Alcatel is a partnership between Alcatel-Lucent and TCL.

BlackBerry found over the last few years that it was not able to compete with Apple, Samsung and other handset manufacturers. As a result, the company is focusing on software and services.


source: anzhuo.cn (translated) via gizmochina

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posted on 23 Dec 2016, 10:51 7

1. Subie (Posts: 1308; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Can't wait for the official press release at CES.

Now phldlphn, will you please read the last part of the first sentence, as well as the rest of the article thoroughly before suggesting that others don't know what they are talking about!!

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 12:23 9

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 15745; Member since: 28 May 2014)


CES 2017 looks like it's really going to be something for BlackBerry. Looking forward to seeing what else they have in store there.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 14:09 3

30. Subie (Posts: 1308; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Yup, and despite their lack of a hardware division I hope they only grow in quality and stature as a company again. My only wish for them was that their own OS would've carried on as a good alternative to the others.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 14:45 5

33. meanestgenius (Posts: 15745; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Yeah, I wish BB10 was more prominent in the smartphone space as well. Such a great OS.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 10:56 2

2. RajRicardo (Posts: 454; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Meh!! Don't need a physical keyboard. Love watching netflix on my Z3. :/

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 10:59 1

4. westicktogether (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


What a random comment.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 11:02 1

6. RajRicardo (Posts: 454; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


You will never get that immersive experience on a phone with physical keyboard. I used a blackberry passport for 3 months before I got fed up. Its good when you have more content to consume. Our brains are wired that way.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 12:29 7

15. meanestgenius (Posts: 15745; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Phones with this kind of pkb design are not meant for an immersive video experience. They're focused on creating a better user experience for regulated industries like governments and enterprises. Not everyone wants or needs a phone designed for an immersive video experience.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 12:36 4

17. libra89 (Posts: 840; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


Speak for yourself. I rarely ever watch video on my phone. If I'm doing something at the moment that I have to be around for, I will watch a video but I can't imagine doing that on a regular basis.

My only regular "video watching" is Instagram stories.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 12:46 2

18. azimesmail (Posts: 259; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


I used to send 7000+ texts every month when I had a physical keyboard. As soon as I switched to the iPhone 3G, that number cut in half, and now I'm barely breaking 1000. But yeah, I suppose less communication with people is better because people would rather be playing games and watching movies? I don't think I've ever watched a movie on my phone. Music videos, yes, but not actual films. Screen is way too small, even on my Notes, Mates, and Mi Mix.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 13:10 3

25. azimesmail (Posts: 259; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


And it looks like you have more people disagreeing with you than agreeing... so are you should "our" brains are wired that way?

posted on 25 Dec 2016, 02:00

58. RajRicardo (Posts: 454; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


They should disagree. Thats what makes them people. I'm talking about content consumption and for that PKB phones are the worst and I stand by my point. Of course there are people who buy phones only for PKB but that's a very very small number. Why do you think no PKB phone is in the list of top 10 best selling smartphones since 2010? Think.

posted on 25 Dec 2016, 02:27 4

62. meanestgenius (Posts: 15745; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Who cares how small the amount of people that still want a pkb phone is? What does that have to do with the fact that there are people they still want one, and as long as there is a demand for it, the choice of being able to get one should remain? Think.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 13:54 1

29. gigicoaste (Posts: 101; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


Immersive experience!? Depends what you do and expect from a phone.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 14:14

31. buccob (Posts: 2676; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I agree with RajRicardo.... this would be way better for me if it was all touchscreen...

I'm over physical keyboards since 2011

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 17:27 3

41. azimesmail (Posts: 259; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


It would be just like every other damn phone on the market then.

If this was an all touchscreen phone, what would push anyone to get this over another phone with the same specs? Why choose this over a Samsung, Sony, Google, Huawei, etc, if it was an all touchscreen?

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 17:38 6

42. meanestgenius (Posts: 15745; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Exactly. Differentiation is key, and sorely needed in the "me, too" sea of devices in the smartphone space.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 17:59 5

47. docdevices (Posts: 52; Member since: 10 Oct 2016)


I concur. The smartphone market is overly-saturated with devices that bare too much of a resemblance to one another. It has become both stagnant and boring, design-wise. Thankfully, there are still those that prefer a physical keyboard smartphone, and thankfully, BlackBerry/TCL will ensure that we still have them.

posted on 25 Dec 2016, 02:10

59. RajRicardo (Posts: 454; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


PKB phones don't exactly qualify as being 'different'. They existed way back, had their fair share of bliss and now they simply fade into the past. If PKB phones are different, they would've made it to the best selling device list again. Blackberry gave it a shot last year and failed to live up to the hype. I used to own a passport. Mi MIX? Now that's different.

posted on 25 Dec 2016, 02:22 4

61. meanestgenius (Posts: 15745; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Why don't they qualify as being different from the pack of all touch slabs that populate the smartphone market today? The mere fact that they have a physical keyboard while the majority of phones today don't is literally what makes them different. When they first came into existence and how well they sell have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they're different. You should learn the meaning of the word "different". If this phone isn't for you, fine. Move on to one that is. It's that simple. But don't bemoan the fact that there are people that still want a pkb smartphone. It's called CHOICE. Maybe you've heard of it?

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 17:46 1

43. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


The Priv and the Passport didn't really sell that well despite the PKB. I think people are more accustomed to the vkb now.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 18:37 2

49. azimesmail (Posts: 259; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


It's only because the BlackBerry brand seems like "old news" to the new kids. If Samsung released a PKB on the S8, the kids would be all over it.

posted on 25 Dec 2016, 02:13

60. RajRicardo (Posts: 454; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Tell that to Santa. Maybe your wish will be granted.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 10:58 2

3. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Meh. I'm going to pass. I'm not really a PKB and that design just looks cheap. I think blackberry should license the PKB for people to make cases for phones and tablets for those who desire a PKB but don't want to go to blackberry.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 10:59 1

5. westicktogether (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


I thought you hated Android anyway?

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 17:47 2

44. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


I don't hate Android. I hate the hypocrisy from some of the Android fans. I like to hate on the hater's.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 11:08 1

7. Subie (Posts: 1308; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Sometimes devices are way nicer in person then pictures give them credit for. I think you suggesting that they license their keyboard IP to accessory manufacturers is a FANTASTIC idea.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 12:46 2

19. meanestgenius (Posts: 15745; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Well, Chen has already stated that BlackBerry will license their physical keyboard IP.

http://www.bitfeed.co/page/blackberry-will-license-the-physical-qwerty-keyboard-to-other-smartphone-manufacturers

Just a matter of time now, before we see it happen

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 17:48

45. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Yup. I have been suggesting that for some time now. Every sense the whole typo ordeal.

posted on 23 Dec 2016, 11:13 1

8. civicsr2cool (Posts: 113; Member since: 19 Oct 2016)


shutup and take my money!

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