BlackBerry Mercury teased again: a second snippet of an official presentation video shows us more


Alright, CES 2017 is on and the smartphone announcements have started rolling out. We know that TCL, the company that will be building BlackBerry handsets going forward, will be holding a press event in mere hours, where it will show us some of its new products. The long-rumored-about “Mercury” — an Android Nougat smartphone with a hardware keyboard — is sure to make an appearance.

Wanting to stir some excitement, TCL has even teased us with a snippet from the official promo for the smartphone — a 4-second video that gave us just a tiny glimpse at its keyboard. Now, we get another one, and a bit of a better look at the device.


So, we can see a very clear metal design with rounded corners. It's cool to see how the keyboard is curved at the ends, seamlessly meeting the phone's frame. The data port at the bottom appears to be of the USB Type-C variety. We do see two speaker grilles, but that could be just for symmetry — no confirmation on stereo sound capabilities yet. Before the video fades to black, we are shown the volume rocker and power button, both residing on the phone's right side, and we see what appears to be capacitive buttons under the screen — the Android navigation controls.

The rumor mill says that the BlackBerry “Mercury” will have a 1080 x 1620 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3 GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner embedded into the — get this — spacebar key, 32 GB of on-board storage, and a massive 3,400 mAh battery. The operating system on board is expected to be Android Nougat, with BlackBerry's own tools and apps pre-loaded on the device.

Well, it's just mere hours before we find out all the details, stay tuned!

source: @SteveCistulli via CrackBerry (YouTube)

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55 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Slowly looking better and better!

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I know this is funny, well really hope they release a BB10 version of it, I really miss that OS tho. Still, market share don't allow them to do that anymore, what a shame.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Unfortunately, they won't, for the same reason you just said. The only way I could see that happening is if there were suddenly huge orders for more BB10 devices from enterprises and BlackBerry didn't have enough Passports and Leaps in stock to fill those requirements. One can hope though, right?

3. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Slowly better and looking and looking!

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Snapdragon 625 and 1080p with 3400mAh should logically make this Mecury a battery life monster... unless BlackBerry screws up the software, which is kinda unlikely, though.

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2359; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I can't tell if the back is bringing back the sort of fake leather that the old Blackberry Bold's used to have or if it's going to be that new carbon fiber-like backing. If you pause the video right away you can see the back isn't metal. I'm hoping it's bringing back the old Bold material, it always felt nice in the hand.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Qualcomm SD625? Ugh. They could have at least used the 652 if they weren't going to use an 8XX.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree. I was hoping for a more powerful SoC. However, given the screen resolution and big battery with this SoC, we should at least see a some great battery life.

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I had the same thought, but at least the Adreno 506 is a decent match for a 1080 screen. And it's not like TCL is positioning this as a gaming device.

7. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

I'd like to get one but need a flagship level phone. However, these phones still look good! And I miss BB10 as well. Great OS that was too late to make a major dent in the existing OS's.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I agree with you in that. This gorgeous handset would make an excellent Passport 2.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think you'll be seeing any flagship level blackberry phones in house from blackberry ever again. I think they killed themselves in that segment thanks to their expensive pricing on their previous devices.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ You just want to initiate another arguement with MG... don't you?

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think I said anything about MG in my comment. Stop trying to start a fight.

28. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Like you ain't pickin' a fight with me in this article. Lay off the hypocrite juice, homie.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not your "homie" dude.

31. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

I'm not your "dude", homie.

32. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"I'm not your "dude", homie." Wow... You're turning his own words against him.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, you're just a "personality" who doesn't realize it. Maybe you should take my advice and see a shrink.

39. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Ahahahahahaha!! This dude stay thinking that people are like him and got time for making up fake accounts. You need to take your own advice, cornball.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You are a fake account, "cornball." Maybe you should take a look at a recent article because someone else has noticed it as well. Like I said before, perhaps you have multiple personality disorder and you just aren't aware you're another personality. See a shrink.

45. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Maaaaaan, if I'm a fake account, prove it with a link. Until then, you just blowin' mad eggplants for kicks. Maybe you should take your own advice about being a fake account because mad people have pointed it out. Your most recemt ones are "thealphagenius" and "TheRealGeniusOne". You need to get yo' dome checked by a psych doctor for that habitual lying and projecting disorder that you have. Oh yeah, you owe me cash for my vocab that jacked, cornball. I know you like to mimic people, but sheeesh! You straight on mines for my vocals.

50. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol, dude you're not fooling anyone. You even sound just alike. You can just look at my profile and see how old my account is. Unlike you, I don't have to hide behind "aliases." http://utbblogs.com/the-tide-turning-americans-want-a-blackberry-passport/#comment-6840 Btw, there's your proof, cornball. I'll give you your ration of troll tokens eventually.

53. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Ahahahahahahaha!! This mimicking Mary lame @$$ cornball couldn't prove that BS about that being Meanestgenius, so now he's trying to pin that crap on me. Desperation is your middle name, homie. Meanwhile, this cat is goin' around making up fake accounts like this onehttp://www.phonearena.com/user/thealphagenius and like this onehttp://www.phonearena.com/user/TheRealGeniusOne and everyone knows it. Mad cats done already called you out on it, too. Btw, I just gave your "proof" a s**t in their teeny-weenie bozack, Jack. You need to be brainstormin' a way to get up my bank that you owe me for the weekly access to my vocab. Them worthless troll tokens of yours ain't gonna cut it, Ms copycat.

33. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Stop trying to start a fight." Really, Mxy? I'm I dreaming or you're the one telling me to stop trying to pick a fight? Especially when you're a master fight-picker in BlackBerry articles? SMH

35. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The only one picking a fight here is you. Maybe you should stop drinking the Hypocriskey because it's making you really drunk. The only thing I'm a master of is putting users like you in their place.

48. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Lol, like how the PA mods put you in your place frequently!

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're done here. Pack it up and leave kid.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

The more I see of this handset, the sexier it looks! Can't wait to see it in full at CES 2017.

13. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Aww...stop teasing me BB...

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