Alleged images showing BlackBerry’s next smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard have been posted online by a Weibo user. Codenamed ‘Mercury’, the upcoming smartphone was first spotted online on the Geekbench benchmark database back in October. Subsequently, the device was confirmed by BlackBerry CEO John Chen in an interview given to a TV channel.
Based on previous leaks, we expect the ‘Mercury’ to feature a 4.5-inch sized display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core chipset clocked at 2.0 GHz. As far as memory goes, the Geekbench listing suggests the smartphone will come with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. In the camera department, ‘Mercury’ is expected to sport an 18MP primary shooter and an 8MP selfie camera on the front.
It should be noted that the ‘Mercury’ isn’t going to be an ODM device like the DTEK50 and the DTEK60 smartphones unveiled earlier this year. The ‘Mercury’ has actually been developed by BlackBerry itself, which means that it is going to be the final QWERTY device developed in-house by the Canadian company.
The BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ is expected to go on sale worldwide in the first quarter of 2017, so we expect the handset to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box. Like other Android-powered BlackBerry smartphones, users can look forward to a minimal Android skin on top, with just a few BlackBerry apps and services thrown in.