Leaked BlackBerry Mercury screenshot seems to confirm Android Nougat and a 1620 x 1080 pixel resolution

In about a week's time, at CES 2017, we're going to see next generation BlackBerry-branded smartphones, made by BlackBerry in collaboration with its new hardware partner, TCL. One of these handsets is probably the BlackBerry Mercury, which is shaping up to be an unusual smartphone for this day and age.

According to previous reports, the BlackBerry Mercury should feature a full QWERTY keyboard, in addition to a touchscreen display of around 4.5 inches. 

A newly revealed screenshot seems to be confirming the fact that the display has a 1620 x 1080 pixel resolution (with a 420 ppi density), thus being pretty sharp. The screenshot also shows that the handset runs Android 7 Nougat, lending credence to recent rumors.

As you can see above, it appears that the BlackBerry Mercury doesn't have on-screen buttons, which likely means it comes with hardware navigation keys. Leaked images allegedly revealing the BlackBerry Mercury do indeed show hardware navigation buttons just below the phone's display, above the QWERTY keyboard.  

Possibly powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, the Mercury should further feature 3 GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner embedded into the space bar, 32 GB of internal memory, and a (hopefully long-lasting) 3400 mAh battery.

It's said that the BlackBerry Mercury will be released in the US via Verizon, though we're also expecting the phone to be sold unlocked - just like all other Android-based BlackBerries launched until now. Min you, "Mercury" could be just a codename, so the device may have a different name once it hits shelves.

source: Roland Quandt (Twitter)

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26 Comments

1. Rydsmith unregistered

I love how they link to their own article in here that contradicts this article. One stating Snapdragon 821 this one with a 625

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Nothing is confirmed at the moment, Mr. Smith... Speculations are what these articles are... There are no 'concrete' facts at the moment... Love not hate, eh? G'Day!

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

1620x1080? That's gonna be weird.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Not if it has hardware buttons. No lost real estate compared to a 1920 display with onscreen buttons.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Exactly that, Crispin. You've oointed iut what I was about to say... There won't be any lost real estate if it's got the rumored hardware buttons. 1620 by1080 won't be weird on the BB Mercury.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Edit: You've pointed out** I forgot my autocorrect was turned off!

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I think you can really use a physical keyboard then, Trojan Horse... Thing is, I'm significantly faster on the virtual keyboard, but I was more precise with my BB Bold 2... But then again, with modern auto correct and predictive dictionaries built in most keyboards; this shouldn't be an issue, eh? Anyhow, the strange thing is, I used to "LOVE" T9 Keyboard... When I got my berry, I immediately fell in love with QWERTY and never looked back and thought its the BEST thing ever happened to me... But ever since I got my Nexy, I think that virtual keyboard is all I ever need and I believe that physical keyboards are nothing but a fad that's mostly over even though I used to be EXTREMELY skeptical about VKs initially...! Funny how our (or at least mine) perspectives change over time... I might even love an electric car, if I had the chance to drive one...! I used to "dislike" Samsung, to say the least... But now, I own one...! And that's just one example... The other being Indian Curry...! I am an open minded lad... And I give everything an honest and un-biased chance... Love not hate, eh? G'Day!

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

So let me get this straight. You're faster on a vkb but more accurate with a pkb. I guess it's more important to type quickly than to have a coherent message. I've always enjoyed the predictive text in Windows keyboards, they were simply unrivaled. Notice I use past tense. Even the BlackBerry predictive text has made a turn for the worst. I'm still faster on a pkb because I know exactly what I want to say and I'm not losing time to see if the "correct" word is being suggested. Apple is the bain of my vkb existence. No period, no "@" key. Everything is on a secondary screen.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Would be nice if blackberry licensed their keyboard out to third-party accessories makers because the demand for them is there. Chen just have to remove the wool from his eyes to see it.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I meant cases and Bluetooth keyboards, hence why I said accesorries.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm with you on this one, Crispin. I'm much faster and more on a pkb as well. As you said, you don't have to waste time staring at keys on a pkb. Personally, I'm glad that we'll see more pkb BlackBerry Branded handsets with their legendary pkb.http://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerry-to-license-its-legendary-QWERTY-to-other-phone-manufacturers_id85978 Chen is a shrewd businessman, and made a smart decision with licensing out their IP to others to build pkb handsets. That's the best business model for them to follow, imo.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's why you proofread.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

Eagerly awaiting the realease of the BlackBerry Mercury. Hopefully, we'll get to see it at CES 2017, as rumored, and finally learn if it's indeed powered by an SD 625 or an SD 821.

16. Subie

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

If I had to gamble, I'd bet on a 600 series snapdragon powering this phone. I've never had much luck gambling though :)

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, I'm inclined to agree, actually. Most rumors about the Mercury point to it having a 6xx SoC. Still, I'm hoping and wishing for that SD 821. It would be a pleasant surprise.

25. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I wouldn't have a problem with it if they priced it right amd didn't skimp too much elsewhere such as display keyboard or cameras. The 625 - 652 offer good performamce and great battery life as evidenced by the Moto Z Play. Still, an 821 would be better for futureproofing and able to make full use of whatever cameras they may ship with.

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2192; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Who needs to view content in true 1080p?

15. Subie

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

On a phone like this one... nobody needs to. But it's still nice to want to :)

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yeah, I doubt the four or five people who will buy this are going to care.

27. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I think I'd probably but this device more for nostalgia than anything.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

True, it is still nice to want to, but you know trolls just gotta troll. They have to earn those troll tokens to exchange for food so they can eat somehow.... ;)

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's a word we use called an opinion. Perhaps you have heard of it, yes?

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, I see that you, in particular, took my comment to heart. Must have struck a nerve with the truth, yes?

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You didn't strike a nerve. I just wanted to make a point.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 21748; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, yes, I did strike a nerve with the truth. No need to lie about it.

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