Blackberry is rumored to release its upcoming smartphone at next year?s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The purported phone, dubbed Blackberry Mercury or DTEK70, is also said to go exclusive with Verizon. Beyond that, only a few details have been leaked so far. Now, a new leaked image from German leaker Roland Quandt shows a screenshot of the purported Blackberry Mercury smartphone.
According to the Twitter post, the Blackberry Mercury is said to have a screen size of 4.6 inches. With a resolution of 1620×1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 3:2, this translates to 420 pixels per inch.
Here’s a screenshot of Android 7.0 on the BlackBerry “Mercury” BBB100-x. 1620×1080 resolution 420dpi. pic.twitter.com/yoevL8IHc4
? Roland Quandt (@rquandt) December 29, 2016
The succeeding post highlighted additional hardware details for the Blackberry Mercury. According to Quandt, the phone does not have any hardware or physical buttons for the Android OS.
Note, no on screen Android buttons = hw buttons. Also, this res and pixel density works out to a ~4.6in 3:2 screen. https://t.co/eTXmg9gzoZ
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) December 29, 2016
In an earlier post, Quandt confirmed that the Blackberry Mercury will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. Although the chip does not offer much in terms of performance, it is still quite capable of running Android 7.0 Nougat. Furthermore, the best thing about the chip is its improved energy efficiency enabling it to be used for longer periods of time.
Apart from the screen and the processor, the only other information known about the Blackberry smartphone?is the release date. A few days ago, the same leaker made public that the phone will be unveiled during the CES 2017. In addition to this, the Blackberry Mercury will be sold by Verizon in the U.S. exclusively. As for the price, consumers can expect the phone to pick up somewhere between $350 and $450.
The DTEK70 or Blackberry Mercury is reported to be the last Blackberry branded phone to carry the iconic QWERTY keypad. After fighting a losing battle for years, the phone maker finally raised the white flag and conceded defeat. However, it only said that it will not be making the phone anymore. Blackberry and its phones will still exist through licensing deals like the one it has with Chinese company TCL.
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