BlackBerry shares quick look of the BlackBerry Mercury with MWC teaser


It is no surprise by now that the last in-house designed BlackBerry will be officially unveiled at MWC in Barcelona next month. Code named the 'BlackBerry Mercury,' this phone will feature a physical QWERTY keyboard (better than the one on the BlackBerry Priv) and the first fingerprint scanner ever to be found on a 'Berry. The biometric reader is ingeniously embedded inside the space bar on the QWERTY keyboard.

TCL President and General Manager Steve Cistulli sent out a tweet today that read "Bringing something distinctly different to #MWC2017 #BlackBerryMobile." It includes a GIF showing a spotlighted BlackBerry Mercury. Is it distinctly different? With the physical QWERTY under the screen, it certainly does not look like any current flagship model around. At CES earlier this month, BlackBerry brought along a prototype of the Mercury which we were briefly able to get our hands on.

The handset will reportedly feature a 4.5-inch screen (with the size cut back because of the QWERTY) carrying a 1080 x 1620 resolution. We've seen the Snapdragon 625 chipset rumored to be under the hood, and that would dovetail with the octa-core chipset used on the Geekbench test. 3GB of RAM is believed to be inside the phone along with 32GB of native storage. We could see an 18MP rear-facing camera on board, along with an 8MP selfie shooter in front. The rumored 3400mAh battery might be enough to provide users with up to two days of battery life.

Despite allowing us to have some 'hands-on' time with the phone, BlackBerry was mum on information relating to the handset's specs, pricing and availability. A lot of information about the BlackBerry Mercury is unknown at this point. By the time MWC wraps next month, we should know everything about this handset. According to Cistulli's tweet, the phone will actually be introduced on February 25th, two days before the February 27th opening of the annual event. 

source: @SteveCistulli

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32 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Can't wait to see this handset in full glory at MWC. My next BlackBerry smartphone for sure.

7. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

As our resident Blackberry expert, how will Android apps scale to the unusual resolution?

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Android apps should scale fine in this, considering they scaled fine on the BlackBerry Passport. Games won't scale so well, though.

2. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Dat's bae right there! She comin' home ta Poppa as soon as she get released, most def!

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"Dat's (bae) right there" You just called it poop, but you're getting it as soon as it's released? Might want to Google search your slang words next time for future reference.

11. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Here ya go again hopin' on the bozack and pickin' another fight that ya never win. You just made yourself look like a straight fool for not even havin' an inkling as to what current urban slang is. You might want ta get ya knowledge game up before ya come at me next time. Just a pro tip.

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Excuse me for taking proper. Excuse me for not being hip and cool. No, I just educated on the word, bae, which means poop in the Dutch language.

15. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

"Excuse me for taking proper." It's "talking", not "taking". Ahahahaha!! Tried ta correct the way I choose ta type my posts, and ya ended up fudgin' up ya own. It's called karma, and she just layed the Smackdown on ya.

17. Mxyzptlk unregistered

At least with my one misspelling, you can still get the gist of my comment while reading your poorly written Engrish is enough to send a grammar teacher into a comma.

19. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Naaaaa, b. That's karma puttin' her paws on ya! Ahahahahahaha!!

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Nah, that's just me flipping my mistake into a comeback. You just can't win a verbal war with me, "b."

23. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Ahahahahaha!! Karma already done served you up nice and hot for me, mimickin' Mary. You already lost the moment ya chose ta pick another fight with me.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol, you are just proving that you are indeed another personality.

32. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

You been proved that ya another "personality", "batmite". But ya still frontin' like nobody knows it's you, when everybody already does. Ahahahahahaha!!

12. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

We need to make some changes in our education system because evidently you failed English tard

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol, he has the right idea. +1 for the truth.

16. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Oh boy, another nazi that has an issue with the way I choose to express myself on a tech site. I obviously know how to type in the "Queens English". However, I choose not to, because there isn't a single person here that is worth the ever so minor effort, especially some alt-right nazi and his pet nazi lapdog idiot that has chosen to cosign his post. Ya dig??

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you need to dig up the grammar books and start learning.

20. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

I think ya need ta dig up some more of them alt-right sites that ya frequent so much.

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol, alt what? Lol, I think you should go back to your other personality.

24. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

I think ya should take ya own advice, "batmite".

26. -swagfox-

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

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28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you should reconsider making any more doppelganger accounts, "alpha."

31. jplightning

Posts: 312; Member since: Nov 04, 2016

Ya still need ta take ya own advice, "phldlphn". That's ya faux account where ya "developed" ya alt-right personality at.

3. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Not really interested in physical keyboard anymore, but it looks nice tho!

4. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

Its going to be in two as I said before, SD821/SD625 3/4 GB RAM 32/64 GB Storage

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Interesting. I wonder what unique features does this phone have (apart from the pkb).

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

I like that the fingerprint scanner is embedded in the space bar. I heard a rumor that there may be swipe gestures with it to perform certain tasks.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Besides security, probably nothing of consequence. Probably won't have ffs nor will it be universally unlocked. But if security is your thing, then this is probably for you

25. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

Do not waste your time to listen to someone that never ever even use Android BlackBerry smartphone to know what unique features they may or may not bring.

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