BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70 expected to get official at CES 2017 featuring classic Blackberry physical keyboard
Touch screens took world by storm bringing lots of fun to the table but also making life a little more difficult for those users who like to feel actual keys when they type. For a very long time BlackBerry was the only company which offered physical keyboards in its smartphones, but there came a day when even the Canadian manufacturer could no longer resist the trend. It seemed that we would have to say goodbye to physical keyboards forever but no – after all, BlackBerry remained faithful to its style. Now the company has a new device in the works. Called BlackBerry Mercury aka DTEK70, the phone is expected to get official at CES 2017 featuring a classic BlackBerry physical keyboard.
Recent leaks reveal new details about the upcoming BlackBerry Mercury that is expected to be launched as Blackberry DTEK70. BlackBerry’s devoted fans will be happy.
Design-wise, the Mercury brings to mind good old BlackBerry phones, though this time round the screen is not square but rectangular. In order to keep dimensions in check, the display is rather smallish by today’s standards – it’s said to measure 4.5 inches diagonally and offer Full HD resolution. Compact size and high resolution work out to a pretty impressive pixel density of 420ppi so users will be treated to sharp images. Below the screen is BlackBerry’s signature keyboard with four rows of key separated by metal frets. Rumor has it that the space bar doubles as fingerprint scanner.
The Mercury appears to be a mid-range device which might be powered by a Snapdragon 625, though it has also been reported that we might expect a Snapdragon 821 chip. However, rumors regarding other specs seems to be rather consistent and include 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, 16-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras as well as a huge battery, possibly of 3,400 mAh capacity. The Mercury most likely will launch with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
The Mercury is expected to make its debut at CES 2017 which begins in just a few days. The announcement is going to be a pretty big deal not only because of the physical keyboard which is a rarity these days, but because it will be the very last smartphone made by BlackBerry. The company will be licensing the BlackBerry name to third-party smartphone makers so the brand won’t disappear from the market. However, it remains to be seen how much of BlackBerry the next phones will have.