Rumoured BlackBerry Mercury QWERTY smartphone leak reveals quite a few details

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BlackBerry is almost done making smartphones – at least in house – with just one smartphone pending to be released and it seems that the Canadian company hasn’t been able to keep the smartphone a secret.

Images of the new QWERTY smartphone – most probably codenamed BlackBerry Mercury – surfaced on the web revealing quite a lot of information about the impending handset. The images were leaked on Weibo and from the looks of it, the new smartphone looks a lot like BlackBerry Priv. However a couple of things are different – the first being the keyboard is fixed below the display, and does not slide out of sight and secondly the smartphones comes with capacitive navigation buttons, and not on screen buttons, as found on the Priv.

BlackBerry will also most likely incorporate a fingerprint sensor to make the smartphone business user friendly and ideal for all those who do not want to rely on just passwords for security of their smartphones. The fingerprint sensor will most likely be integrated into the space bar, according to previous leaks.

BlackBerry is expected to unveil the smartphone sometime this month, and begin shipping it in 2017. It is also expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor, 4.5-inch sized display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, an 18-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies.

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 physical keyboard is BlackBerry’s best-known smartphone feature, with many former users still lamenting its absence, and the company plans to switch off the lights in its factories, after giving its loyalists one last parting gift. There’s very little that is known about the BlackBerry Mercury as of now, but more details will surface as launch date nears.