BlackBerry Mercury teased again: a second snippet of an official presentation video shows us more
by Preslav Kateliev / Jan 04, 2017, 5:13 AM
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!
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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.
posted on Jan 04, 2017, 5:21 AM 0
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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?
posted on Jan 04, 2017, 6:38 AM 5
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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.
posted on Jan 04, 2017, 6:13 AM 0
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Qualcomm SD625? Ugh. They could have at least used the 652 if they weren't going to use an 8XX.
posted on Jan 04, 2017, 6:21 AM 0
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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.
posted on Jan 04, 2017, 6:29 AM 0
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.
posted on Jan 04, 2017, 8:18 AM 0
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posted on Jan 04, 2017, 3:21 PM 0
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posted on Jan 04, 2017, 3:34 PM 2
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.
posted on Jan 05, 2017, 1:46 PM 0
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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.
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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.
posted on Jan 05, 2017, 4:09 PM 2
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