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BlackBerry Mercury reportedly headed to Verizon

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BlackBerry Mercury reportedly headed to Verizon
Last week, BlackBerry and its new hardware partner, TCL, confirmed that next generation BlackBerry smartphones would be unveiled at CES 2017 in early January. While there are no official details about these upcoming handsets, one of them might be the BlackBerry Mercury (model number BBB100) - an Android 7 Nougat-based phone with a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a 4.5-inch touchscreen display.

According to Roland Quandt (who has provided reliable info in the past), the BlackBerry Mercury will be released in the US by Verizon Wireless. Unfortunately, there's no word on when the handset is supposed to hit shelves, but we assume it's going to happen in the first half of 2017. Also, the device will almost surely be offered unlocked, too. As you probably know, Verizon is currently selling the BlackBerry Priv, so the Mercury could become the carrier's second Android-based BlackBerry.

Not long ago, we saw several images allegedly showing the BlackBerry Mercury, but, for now, we can't be sure of their authenticity. In any case, this seems to be a mid-range (and hopefully not too expensive) smartphone. Besides a 4.5-inch screen and a hardware QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry Mercury is expected to feature an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, fingerprint scanner (integrated into the space bar), 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space, and a pretty generous 3400 mAh battery.

The Mercury might be the last smartphone designed in-house by BlackBerry. We'll bring more on this device as soon as new details are available.

source: Roland Quandt (Twitter)

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posted on 26 Dec 2016, 17:50

1. Eraman (Posts: 133; Member since: 13 Dec 2015)


I guess it's going to come with two versions, one with SD625/3GB and the other one SD821/4GB

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 17:58 4

3. meanestgenius (Posts: 14551; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I've read reports about the Mercury having 4GB and an SD821 SoC, as well. While I doubt they'll release a 3GB and 4GB variant, it will be interesting to see which one actually get released. I'm hoping for the SD821 with 4GB variant.

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 20:00

9. Eraman (Posts: 133; Member since: 13 Dec 2015)


I guess they will make the both alive, they need money so they will ask for more people (ones for the SD625 and others for the premium)

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 17:55 3

2. meanestgenius (Posts: 14551; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Well, well, well...what have we here...BlackBerry and Verizon, "together again". While this can definitely be filed under "take it with a grain of salt", especially since there hasn't been any official confirmation, it definitely falls under the realm of possibilities since TCL will be building the Mercury. Would be a definite plus if it happens, especially if Verizon were to kick it up a notch with the support. Interesting....

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 18:01 4

4. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1935; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


If Verizon sells it, it's already unlocked. Win-win.

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 19:03 1

7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15778; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Yeah but it's not going to be fully compatible with some of the GSM networks and it's going to have Verizon bloat on it.

posted on 27 Dec 2016, 08:44

16. Ac787 (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


For worldwide use ?

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 18:36 2

5. dmitrilp_ (Posts: 286; Member since: 12 Sep 2016)


When will BB understand that there's no more room for those dumb qwerty keyboards?

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 18:51 6

6. meanestgenius (Posts: 14551; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Please point out on the doll where BlackBerry has touched you.

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 22:31 1

12. Settings (Posts: 2053; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Yeah and that Galaxy flip phone that has T9 input clearly has innovations. Lol!
Clearly someone here doesn't like variability.

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 19:04

8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15778; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's not going to be universally unlocked. Would be better than just sticking it on Verizon only.

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 20:21 1

10. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1935; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


If it's on VZW, it's already unlocked due to governmental decree. There's no choice in the matter.

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 21:18

11. libra89 (Posts: 697; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)


If unlocked, I need one with band 12!

Not going to be sad unless there will be no unlocked one with that band...

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 22:37 1

13. LanjaKodaka (Posts: 126; Member since: 27 Sep 2016)


Flopppp. BB , get rid of those stupid physical keyboards. Its so hard to type on them with no auto correct on. It makes the device look ugly.

posted on 26 Dec 2016, 22:48 2

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 14551; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Uh, auto correct is enabled by default, just like on a virtual keyboard, and it's much easier to type on physical keys than it is virtual ones, especially when not looking or banging out long emails. Looks are subjective, but I think that the Mercury is sexy as hell. But you're entitled to your opinion on that.

posted on 27 Dec 2016, 05:43

15. trojan_horse (Posts: 3280; Member since: 06 May 2016)


BlackBerry Mercury... The hype around this device and the leaked beastly specs puts the Mercury on my radar for 2017.

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