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CES 2017: BlackBerry Teases New Smartphone With Trademark QWERTY Keys

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Just because BlackBerry has stopped making phones, doesn’t mean the name will not live on. There’s an all new era of BlackBerry outsourced devices to delight consumers. Reports have hinted it may even use the name Press. That speculation came about when a teaser came out suggesting the new device will be “imPRESSively designed,” armed with its trademark keyboards.

The Painful Shut Down

BlackBerry decided to shut down its phone business after 14 years of manufacturing handsets. Their devices used to be the phone of choice for professionals, but BlackBerry had a difficult time keeping up with the competition. Their arch rivals Samsung and Apple was successful in luring users to opt for touchscreens. The Canadian company is now focused on creating software and will just outsource the manufacturing of hardware to various companies, per theguardian.com.

The Dream Lives On

The BlackBerry company has ceased from manufacturing phones with their label on them. It has already licensed the brand to various hardware manufacturers, the DTEK60 being their final goodbye to consumers. The teaser came from the general manager and North American president of TCL, who is now responsible for manufacturing Alcatel and BlackBerry devices, per cnet.com.

This will be one of the featured devices at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Speculations are also going around about the Mercury phone being the last in-house development. Furthermore, the teaser confirms the device will have the Android operating system and the navigation buttons can be seen above its keyboards.

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Dubbed as the BlackBerry Mercury (for now), it’s rumored to have a 4.5-inch display. It’s going to be powered by octa-core Snapdragon 825 processor. The handset will also have Adreno 506 graphics, 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM, per Phone Arena. Users can also look forward to a long battery life and a fingerprint scanner. Android 7.0 is already pre-installed. That?s another thing to look forward to for the new year.

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