Even as BlackBerry’s ship in the smartphone business is sinking, the company seems to haven’t given up as yet. This year the company has launched the DTEK50 and DTEK60 security-focused Android phones, which were though rebranded Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4s phones. According to recent reports, BlackBerry is working on a new smartphone featuring its iconinc physical keyboard. Codenamed BlackBerry Mercury, details about the smartphone have already emerged through a series of leaks. Now, new images of the smartphone have surfaced online. Also Read - Blackberry 5G smartphone 2021 comeback confirmed again, to bring physical keyboardsAlso Read - Blackberry is coming back once more, will debut in 2021 with a flagship keyboard phone
The images, spotted by CrackBerry, show the front panel of the alleged BlackBerry Mercury smartphone. Looking at the image, we can see the selfie camera located above the display along with the speaker grille to its left. The usual QWERTY keyboard is seen with the capacitive Menu buttons above the keyboard. With the display on, the Home screen shows the smartphone running on Android Nougat although that cannot be confirmed. Other than that, the power button and the volume rocker can be seen located on the right side of the smartphone.
If this image turns out to be true then, this smartphone would be the fourth BlackBerry device running on Android OS. Previously, an image of a BlackBerry smartphone with keyboard had leaked online but only a partial of the front panel was visible. However, there are similarities in the smartphone leaked before and with the latest one. In addition to this, BlackBerry CEO John Chen had confirmed that a BlackBerry phone with keyboard is on the way soon.
The BlackBerry Mercury was recently spotted on benchmarking website GeekBench, revealing some of its key specifications. The smartphone is expected to come with a 4.5-inch full HD display with a 3:2 ratio. Under the hood, a Qualcomm octa-core processor clocked at 2.02GHz is expected to run. The chipset is speculated to be Snapdragon 625. The smartphone is expected to come with 3GB of RAM but the storage information has not been revealed as yet. In the photography department, the BlackBerry Mercury smartphone is expected to sport an 18-megapxiel rear camera and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. For power, the smartphone could use a 3,400mAh battery. The BlackBerry Mercury is shown to run on Android 7.0 Nougat, which goes in line with the live images of the smartphone.
The BlackBerry Mercury, if rumors are to be believed, could also be very well the last BlackBerry smartphone with a physical keyboard. The company sure has a lot to keep up with, considering how its famed keyboard phones were and still are everyone s favorite. It s hard to say if BlackBerry will be able to revive the culture of using smartphones with keyboard, as there is no positive sign of it in the current market. The last BlackBerry phone with a physical keyboard was the BlackBerry Priv, which didn’t really change the company’s fortunes. ALSO READ: BlackBerry won t make smartphones anymore as it pivots to software
After Priv, BlackBerry last month launched two Android-based smartphones, the BlackBerry DTEK50 and the BlackBerry DTEK60. The BlackBerry DTEK50 runs Snapdragon 617 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera. The BlackBerry DTEK60, on the other hand, is more powerful though, running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, with 4GB of RAM and a slightly better 21-megapixel camera. ALSO READ: BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60 hands-on and first impressions: Too little, too late