Although Blackberry has yet to formally announce the actual name of its next smartphone, many are calling it the Blackberry Mercury. Others even call it the DTEK70, in direct relation to the previous DTEK smartphones. Nevertheless, one thing is quite clear. The phone will not be called the Blackberry Mercury nor the Blackberry DTEK70. Whatever it may be, it will surely have the word ?PRESS? on its name.
A few days before the start of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, TCL teased the public on the upcoming Blackberry phone. In a recent post, TCL North America general manager Steve Cistulli showcased a rendered ?video of the next Blackberry phone. And with it comes the tag line ?impressively designed. distinctly different,? with emphasis on ?PRESS?.
— Steve Cistulli (@SteveCistulli) January 3, 2017
However, the CES event for Blackberry serves only as a soft launch for the smartphone. Although TCL and Blackberry came with a few samples, the two companies are still tight-lipped about the phone?s name. Nevertheless, Blackberry and TCL managed to raise a few eyebrows during the opening ceremony of the CES 2017.
Event guests who managed to get their hands on the smartphone prototype were quite impressed with its build quality. This could mean a good thing for Blackberry. Perhaps, the so-called Mercury is the one that will determine the company?s fate.
As promised, the Blackberry Mercury featured the iconic QWERTY keyboard made famous by Blackberry. The display is a crisp 1620×1080 pixel screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The new smartphone is about the same size as the DTEK60 albeit a tad narrower.
One rumored feature of the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip inside it. ?Although TCL and Blackberry did not confirm this, some of the previous leaks are believed to have some grain of truth in them.
For now, Blackberry fans can stay contented with the current prototype of the so-called Blackberry Mercury. According to TCL, much of the software for the upcoming Blackberry phone are still being finalized. It would take a couple more months before TCL and Blackberry finally release the smartphone. In fact, during the CES Blackberry event, TCL?s Steve Cistulli mentioned that more will be announced in the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. The future event will be held in Barcelona, Spain some time between February and March this year.
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