At the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2017), BlackBerry is expected to show off its next Android-powered smartphone, codenamed Mercury or DTEK70. However, ahead of the launch, photos of the purported smartphone have surfaced online which hint at a unique design with an integrated fingerprint sensor. The smartphone will add to BlackBerry s existing line of DTEK smartphones but will be the first device to be marketed and sold by TCL. Also Read - Blackberry is coming back once more, will debut in 2021 with a flagship keyboard phoneAlso Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
Interestingly, BlackBerry Mercury or DTEK 70 is believed to be the last in-house BlackBerry device. CEO John Chen also confirmed that the company has been working on its final in-house smartphone, which also features its iconic QWERTY keyboard. Renders of the DTEK70 have been previously spotted online which showed off a design similar to the newer images with slightly curved edges. What sets the smartphone apart from the DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 is that it comes with a built-in QWERTY keypad with a fingerprint sensor which is integrated into the spacebar of the physical keypad. Also Read - BlackBerry Messenger to shut down soon as the world doesn’t really need pins
Based on the leaked images, the DTEK 70 is expected to feature a 4.5-inch curved screen with a front camera placed on the top right corner. The speaker grille is at the top center along with sensors placed on the left. In the fresh leaks, the smartphone appears to feature a smaller and rounder front-facing camera. It is also slimmer than previous renders. At the heart, the DTEK 70 is expected to come with Qualcomm s Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor. ALSO READ: BlackBerry to make a comeback at CES 2017 courtesy of TCL
Earlier this month, BlackBerry Mercury, as the DTEK 70 is codenamed, was spotted on benchmarking website GeekBench. Based on the benchmark leaks, the smartphone is expected to feature a full HD display, Qualcomm octa-core processor clocked at 2.02GHz, and 3GB of RAM. In the photography department, it is expected to come with an 18-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. It could further come powered with a 3,400mAh battery. The smartphone is further shown to run on Android 7.0 Nougat, which goes in line with the live images which have been leaked before.
To put into perspective, predecessor DTEK 60 features a 5.5-inch quad HD scratch-resistant display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor which is paired with Adreno 530 and 4GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card. The smartphone further sports a 21-megapixel rear camera along with an 8-megapixel front camera. Connectivity options include LTE, USB OTG, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC support. In terms of specs, the DTEK 70 thus appears to be a low-end variant.
So far, there has been no official word on BlackBerry s product plans for the future as the company has officially announced its exit from the phone-making business. However, it has tied up with TCL which will market and sell BlackBerry-branded devices. Recently, the company also confirmed that it will launch new BlackBerry-branded devices at CES 2017, which will be held in Las Vegas. ALSO READ: It s official, BlackBerry won t make smartphones anymore
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