BlackBerry recently released a teaser confirming its plans of making the ‘Mercury’ smartphone official at its Mobile World Congress 2017 press conference in Barcelona this month. However, it looks like the company might announce a new tablet as well at the event, nearly six years after it debuted the PlayBook tablet.
On the Mobile World Congress website, BlackBerry Mobile is tagged with consumer electronics (CEU), devices, and tablet devices. Since BlackBerry hasn’t released any new tablet since 2011, it could possibly mean that the company might announce a new tablet at this year’s Mobile World Congress. If that is indeed the case, we would expect the tablet to be an ODM device, manufactured by TCL. In case you haven’t heard already, TCL has been making devices for BlackBerry as part of a licensing agreement. The DTEK50 and DTEK60 smartphones launched last year are in fact based on TCL/Alcatel smartphones.
The ‘Mercury’ however, is not an ODM device. It is actually the last device that has been developed in-house by BlackBerry. Even though it was shown off at the CES show floor in January, the company has so far kept its spec sheet a secret, so we will need to wait just a little more to find out everything about the smartphone, which has so far only been known by its codename – Mercury.