BlackBerry 'Mercury' to sport the same camera sensors as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL?

BlackBerry 'Mercury' to sport the same camera sensors as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL?
Next month, the BlackBerry 'Mercury' will not only get unveiled at MWC, it will get its real name. And we will also be told all about the specs that will be found on the last phone to be designed in-house by BlackBerry. We do know that the handset will feature a physical QWERTY keyboard, which should be an improvement over the one on the BlackBerry Priv. In addition, tipster @rquandt has discovered that the camera sensors that will be used on the new 'Berry are the same ones employed by the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.

That would give the BlackBerry Mercury a 12.3MP rear-facing camera sporting the Sony IMX378 sensor. The 8MP selfie snapping shooter will be a Samsung S5K4H8/Omnivision OV8856. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the 'Berry is going to produce the same high quality images that the Pixel line has become known for. As we pointed out in our review of the Pixel XL, Google gets the most out of the sensors by deploying special software and "additional sensor hardware." Previous speculation had the rear camera weighing in at 18MP.

The latest rumored specs for the BlackBerry Mercury include a 4.5-inch screen with a 1080 x 1680 resolution. The Snapdragon 821 SoC will be under the hood with a quad-core CPU, and the Adreno 530 GPU. 4GB of RAM will be inside along with 32GB of native storage. The 3400mAh battery should provide long lasting battery life, and Android 7.0 is pre-installed.

Even though we got to be touchy-feely with the Mercury at CES, BlackBerry has kept mum on the specs. But now, we have some knowledge about the two cameras that adorn the back and front of the phone. Re-live the time we spent with the BlackBerry Mercury by tapping on this link.


source: @rquandt

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66 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So this means blackberry will finally have a camera that isn't terrible?

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You never used a Priv so your statement is as useless as tits on a bull. But don't let that stop you.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's not really my statement but a point noted from some reviews and hands on reports.

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There are users, myself included, who have owned this phone for more than a few minutes who disagree. Reviews were done at release time and there have been firmware improvements over time. It's an excellent camera and there are editing apps that work wonders as well. And yes, it was your statement unless the Russians have hacked your account too.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Nah, no Russian hacking. Fair point. I have read reports about the firmware improvements. Admittedly the Priv isn't my type of phone. I prefer the DTEK60 since it's more of what I like and as long as it can take good images, then I'm ok with it.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now you're just backtracking because Crispin called you out on your BS.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wasn't backtracking. Calm down.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

You were. Stop being so defensive.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No I wasn't. Stop being so offensive.

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, you were. Calm down.

58. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You are the one who continues to attack just because I said something about the camera, so you are the one who needs to calm down.

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm not attacking. I challenged your ignorance. Funny how when you make a comment about someone or to someone, and someone says something about it, they're either crying and complaining, or they're "attacking" you for your "opinion". But when someone else makes a comment and you say something about it, you're just "challenging" their opinion or "disagreeing" with them. That's pure hypocritical BS, and things don't work one way for you and another for everyone else. You're not an exception to the rules, no mater how much you think you are. You're only saying it's an attack because it's me specifically that's saying something about it. Crispin did the same thing I did, and sucked up to him royally and apologized.

71. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You said it yourself, we don't get along. You just continue to prove how big of a hypocrite you really are. You are the one who needs to give that bs exception speech to yourself. I wasn't sucking up. You're still bumburned because I said BOTH him and Dr. Phil were respectable blackberry users, so get over it and stop btching.

74. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, I pointed out the pure ignorance of anyone making a comment about something that they have zero experience with. You're not the only here that made an ignorant comment, you're just the only one thats taking offence and crying about it. You're the biggest hypocrite on this site, and you proved that once again in this very article by acknowledging your ignorance to Crispin, but are still trying to prove otherwise to me. You're sucking up to BOTH Crispin and Dr. Phil because you somehow think that will "hurt my feelings" . You're too stupid to realize that stuff like that doesn't mean sht to me. Now YOU stop crying like a little btch on every BlackBerry article and stop trying to pass your ignorance off as an informed opinion.

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2386; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Blackberry Priv actually got a respectable 82 score from the same DXOMark that Google likes to cite. However, using DXOMark as a benchmark for the quality of photos is overrated in my opinion. For example, the HTC 10, Galaxy S7, and Sony Xperia Performance all score the same 88 in DXOMark but they each produce different quality photos. You have to actually compare the photos themselves side by side to determine which one you think is best for your standards. But just touting a general score and assuming it's going to take the best photos is flawed logic.

15. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

IN which AnandTech has done for the Galaxy S7, iPhone 7 and HTC 10. They're all tops and have some issues in different areas. Anandtech and some photography sites also found the Moto Z Force (not the regular) to be quite favorable as well. Meanwhile randos online dismissing a product because it's not from Samsung or Apple will forever be an annoyance.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I have to agree. +1 for the analysis on dxomark. They seem to give every new flagship smartphone a good score. Not every phone produces a good image and they certainly don't produce the same image. That's why I like YouTube videos and hands on reports. They are much more credible imo. A general score says little in the capabilities of a phone.

2. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

The link that's supposed to direct us to a hands-on for the Blackberry Mercury actually takes you to the B&H Photo listing of the AT&T Branded (Unlocked) Blackberry Priv.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's great. I need to see the final software behind the camera to know if it will be as good as the Pixel, but if the PRIV and DTEK60 are any indication, the camera will be pretty good, despite what people who have never even used a BlackBerry Android handset have to say about it.

26. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Imx378 will be the great addition to this beautifully designed Mercury. The final item which is required now is sd835. I hope sd835 will be there and then Mercury will become my first black berry.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but it didn't have google's post processing... Xiaomi Mi 5s also use IMX378, but no one care, lol..

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Amazing how some people are so ignorant that they think they can slam someone else's opinion just because they disagree with it. I guess we are all supposed to like the same thing.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

When your opinion is based on zero experience, that means it exudes ignorance and begs to slammed. And it's ignorant for you to think that I can't challenge your comment in a public forum. If that's something that you're going to cry about, you really shouldn't be on the internet.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Funny, you can challenge my opinion but heaven forbid anyone for doing it to you. You would have a massive hissy fit. Looks like you already took a swig of Hypocriskey, so just fill out the butthurt report form.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, I don't care who challenges my opinion, but you better have experience to make your challenge credible. Since you clearly do not have any experience in this case, you're just making ignorant statements and taking out of your bum hole, as you usually do when you comment on products that you've never used. And considering that you're the one here crying like a baby and trying to backtrack on your statement that you made because someone else challenged you on it, you really should be the one filling out the butthurt report.

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Funny I remember showing my "experience" and you of course refused to acknowledge it. But of course, I suppose we could all be filthy rich and be able to try out every device that comes out. Or be one of those youtubers who are far more credible than you certainly are. Now fill out the butthurt report form please.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Funny, I remembered you showing some images that you photoshopped. I remember ME showing you actual proof. However, you've never shown any evidence as to you using any BlackBerry Secured Android handset. As a matter a fact, you admittedly have never ever used one before. And I'll take my personal experience and the results from an accredited site like DXOMark over your zero experience/ignorance any day. The butthurt form is waiting for you.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh get over it. You're just bumburned because I disagreed with your opinion. Cry me a salty river of tears and get over it. Dxomark is a "participation award" site. Dr. Phil made a great point about dxomark just handing scores out. Reviews and first hand experience from "credible" people are far better than dxomark. I gave you proof that I'm an Android phone user and you dismissed it. So I have nothing to prove to you at all. You can get to filling out the butthurt form now.

51. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! The fact that you're resorting to your tried and true responses of "bumburned" and "cry me a salty tears..." shows that you are as immature as you are ignorant. Instead of doing the adult thing and saying "my bad, I made an ignorant comment", you're trying to defend and justify it through your classic inbred troll Apple shill tactic of deflection. And what makes "Youtubers" more credible than DXOMark? Absolutely nothing, that's what. Especially when DXOMark base their assessments on "first hand experience" and "actual usage", just like said Youtubers. You gave me photoshopped BS, not actual proof. I gave actual proof by showing the actual device. Stop deflecting from the fact that you made an ignorant comment, and you even admitted that you did so in this very comments section in one of your responses to Crispin. You're just trying to justify your admitted ignorance because it's me that called you out on it.

59. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wait, you I'm immature? Lol this whole argument is going on because you got butthurt about my camera comment. You are the last person who should call anyone immature. Some of those youtubers are recognized by many companies in the tech industry. The only reason why you question it is because they slapped a good score on the Priv. Even Dr. Phil questioned the credibility of them. You're just in denial of the truth. And what the fck did you think I gave? You are in denial. Or maybe it's just your way of being bumburned. Just get over it and stop being so dramatic about my opinion.

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