While BlackBerry did give a sneak peek of the Mercury smartphone at CES 2017, the company stopped at just that, and said that the rest of the details will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. The company did not even unveil the name of the device. TCL allowed a hands-on of the device, but the specifications are still a mystery. Basically, besides the fact that the device will feature BlackBerry s iconic QWERTY keypad, and would be Android-based, TCL has revealed nothing about the device. However, we may be reaching the end of this game of riddles. Also Read - Blackberry 5G smartphone 2021 comeback confirmed again, to bring physical keyboards
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BlackBerry Mobiles has posted a teaser on Twitter, with just the date February 25, 2017 mentioned, and hashtagged MWC 2017. Therefore, it can only mean that at a pre-MWC event, TCL will finally reveal the device to the world. MWC is scheduled to be held at Barcelona, Spain, and will kick off on February 27 to go on till March 2, 2017.
At CES, TCL said that the new BlackBerry smartphone is focused on three core features: security, productivity and reliability. What we do know is that this new BlackBerry smartphone features a combination of metal and rubberized body. Also, similar to the BlackBerry Passport, Mercury too features a capacitive keypad, which allows users to scroll through things using touch. There will be a fingerprint sensor embedded into the space bar, for biometric authentication, and it will feature a USB Type-C port. ALSO READ: LG G6 along with Android Wear smartwatches leaked in images; here s everything we know so far
From what the first impressions of the device revealed, the QWERTY keypad on the Mercury, which sort of a comeback of the iconic keypad after everyone feared the death of it, is said to give users a good experience typing, with smooth scroll gestures. The overall build quality is said to good, and the design seems fresh, yet quite familiar for BlackBerry fans.
Announced late last year, BlackBerry itself has stopped making smartphones, and has instead tied up with TCL to launch BlackBerry-branded smartphones. TCL, if you remember, already has the Alcatel lineup of smartphones, which is aimed at the entry-to-mid-range price segment. With BlackBerry, TCL seems to be targeting the premium tier to compete for a space in the corporate market. ALSO READ: Huawei P10 renders hint at curved screen, dual-camera setup, front fingerprint sensor
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