An image of the alleged BlackBerry Mercury surfaced on the web igniting rumours that the image is that of the last in-house BlackBerry smartphone.
This is the first real look at the ‘BlackBerry Mercury’ and considering its design, it does seem that the smartphone is most probably BlackBerry DTEK70. Rumoured to be powered by Snapdragon 625 processor, the 4.5-inch BlackBerry Mercury features 3GB of RAM, 32GB of in-built storage, an 18-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies. Chances are that the smartphone will be unveiled sometime this month, and begin shipping in 2017.
The image of the device surfaced 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. Previous leaks also indicated that the alleged DTEK70 will come with a fingerprint sensor that is integrated into the space bar.
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.