BlackBerry KeyOne (BlackBerry Mercury) MWC 2017 event liveblog


They used to call it the CrackBerry for how addictive it was and its users were amongst the most loyal crowd of them all, but with the advent of iPhones and Android phones, BlackBerry fans no longer proudly showed up with their full QWERTY phones around. Come out of your hiding places and unite here, as we tune in live from Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in beautiful Barcelona to cover the second coming of BlackBerry, the BlackBerry KeyOne.

While the company has changed - this phone is now manufactured by TCL, while the BlackBerry company only provides the licensing and has transferred its focus mostly on software endeavors - this is still a phone for the fans. The BlackBerry KeyOne (earlier referred to as BlackBerry Mercury) boasts a physical QWERTY keyboard with touch sensitive buttons that you can not only press, but also swipe to get a ton of shortcuts and get things done faster. Combine this with some special BlackBerry sauce and a pinch of extra security, and this new 'Berry might do enough to bring some people back to their beloved QWERTY phones. Or it may not. Whatever the outcome, join in with our liveblog to see the new BlackBerry KeyOne and learn all about it.

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10 Comments

1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Mercury was a better name.

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Reminds me of the Palm Eos which then became the Palm Pixi... Stupid name's.

3. Victor.H

Posts: 1056; Member since: May 27, 2011

I am with you on that. Mercury was catchy!

4. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Another android device yawn

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

I prefer the name "Mercury" myself, but I'll still be getting one.

6. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Hoooops,that price went wrong sooo bad.Expected around £350 max.

7. JcHnd

Posts: 275; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

DOA... Too expensive for what it is and then it will depreciate so hard... bye BlackBerry

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't agree with the pricing, either. TCL priced it just a tad too high, as BLACKBERRY has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the pricing of BlackBerry branded smartphones, anymore. I understand why they priced it that much (marketed as a flagship + physical keyboard brings the price of components up), and if they can get flagship performance out of it ( user experience, camera, etc) then the price may be able to be justified.

9. chadcy

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

549? C'mon man. Trying to give the Merc a chance. If it was 399 or below, this would of flew off the shelves. Might have to look at the s8 or an old dtek60..

10. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Only downer are its price and processor. Or with 820 they could have priced it that high, but not with a 625

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