Live Images of Blackberry Mercury with QWERTY Keyboard Surfaces
Blackberry’s journey into the Android world continues with live images of its new mid-range device – the Blackberry Mercury, surfacing on Chinese microblogging network – Sina Weibo. The smartphone boots Android 7.0 Nougat OS and feature the much loved physical Blackberry QWERTY keyboard.
According to reports, the Blackberry Mercury will be the last smartphone designed by the Canadian company in-house and will probably be the last with the signature QWERTY keyboard. The first set of Android-powered Blackberry phones – DTEK50 and DTEK60, are re-branded versions of the Alcatel Idol 4 and TCL 950.
So far, the device is expected to resemble the Blackberry PRIV, although less square and will have a screen ratio of 3:2 instead of the unusual 1:1 ratio. It is said to sport a 4.5-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels (HD) screen res, 2.0GHz Qualcomm processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB built-in storage space, 18MP rear facing camera and a front 8MP selfie camera.
Months ago, the Blackberry Mercury (BBB100-1) was put to test on Geekbench benchmark. It featured a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with a clock speed of 2.02GHz alongside 3GB of RAM and 32GB built-in storage. The rumour mill has it that the device will go official sometime next year (2017) and could end up as the DTEK70.