January 29, 2017

BlackBerry is back with this new smartphone

Back in September 2016, BlackBerry may have announced that it will no longer manufacture phones, but it seems like throwing in the towel is not an option.

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After teaming up with TCL, the current maker of Alcatel units, BlackBerry released the DTEK50 and DTEK60 last year and somehow revived the dying brand name.

This year, BlackBerry is set to launch BlackBerry “Mercury” at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.

External features

BlackBerry Mercury, like the BlackBerry Priv, has a physical keyboard. Let’s admit it: some of us really need keys to fulfill our tactile texting needs.  In a world where the home button may be a thing of the past, it is certainly refreshing to have something that’s going against the grain.

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It’s rumored to have a 4.5-inch display, an 18MP rear camera and 8MP front camera, powered by a 3,400mAh battery pack. This time, the fingerprint sensor stays on the space bar.

Internal features

The BlackBerry Mercury will veer away from high-end specs and will fly closer to the DTEK50 price point radius vs the DTEK60. Despite having an Android OS, the BlackBerry Mercury will still have the BlackBerry Hub, DTEK Security App, and of course the BlackBerry Messenger.

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It will reportedly be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, clocking in at 2.02GHz. It will also come equipped with a 3GB RAM and basic 32GB storage, pretty standard for most Android phones these days.

The wrap up

BlackBerry is still running the race with the BlackBerry Mercury, set to wow the MWC 2017 audience. It’s a mid-range wonder with a similar price point as the DTEK50. But for a mid-range phone, it has an 18MP rear camera and a 3,400mAh battery. Not bad at all, BlackBerry. Make sure to tune in for more updates as MWC 2017 approaches.