We have heard about the launch of BlackBerry’s upcoming QWERTY keypad phone lot earlier as BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed last month that the company is working on its last in-house smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. Adding fuel to that fire, some fresh live images leak has revealed key details of the device.
This smartphone is largely expected to be named as BlackBerry Mercury, and now the images have been leaked on Weibo, and they show uncanny similarity to the previously launched BlackBerry Priv. However, the keyboard is fixed below the display, and does not slide out of sight. It also has capacitive navigation buttons, and not on screen buttons, as found on the Priv.
BlackBerry–Mercury – Launch
The alleged BlackBerry Mercury is tipped to have the fingerprint sensor integrated into the space bar. BlackBerry is expected to unveil the smartphone mercury sometime this month, and begin shipping it in 2017. It is also expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor, and feature a 4.5-inch sized display.
The BlackBerry Mercury has been spotted on Geekbench as well, and the leak hints at 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, an 18-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies.
Specifications of a BlackBerry Mercury
Specifications of a BlackBerry Mercury smartphone comes with a 4.5-inch 1080p screen with 3:2 aspect ratio and a physical QWERTY keyboard surfaced few months back. Now a live image of the smartphone has surfaced in China. According to image the phone’s screen seem bigger than 4.5-inches.
BlackBerry Mercury rumoured specifications
- 4.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) 3:2 display
- Physical QWERTY keyboard
- 2GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 625 14nm processor with Adreno 506 GPU
- 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, expandable memory with microSD
- Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- 18MP rear camera with LED Flash
- 8MP front-facing camera
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS
- 3400mAh battery
BlackBerry will stop BlackBerry Prev
BlackBerry will officially stop producing, stocking, and distributing its own phones, after this one last treat for all its (remaining) die-hard fans. Moving forward, it will license the BlackBerry brand to outside companies to put on phones they build themselves.
The BlackBerry’s previous version, BlackBerry Prev will reportedly found discontinued by the BlackBerry Company. Meanwhile let us have a quick recap of the specifications of BlackBerry Prev.
Specifications of BlackBerry Prev
BlackBerry Priv smartphone was launched in October 2015. The phone comes with a 5.40-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels at a PPI of 540 pixels per inch.
The BlackBerry Priv is powered by 1.44GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 2000GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the BlackBerry Priv packs a 18-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The BlackBerry Priv runs Android 5.1.1 and is powered by a 3410mAh non removable battery. It measures 147.00 x 77.20 x 9.40 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 192.00 grams.
The BlackBerry Priv is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.