BlackBerry took it to Twitter for the announcement by posting a teaser image out to all of its followers. The teaser confirmed that the world will get to learn about the first BlackBerry device of 2017, which is being manufactured by TCL in common with a number of recent BlackBerry devices, just prior to the MWC 2017 trade show. However, this BlackBerry device previously known as ‘Mercury’ is the first such device to be released following the announcement that TCL has taken over responsibility of the BlackBerry brand name.
There have been a number of rumors surrounding the new BlackBerry smartphone and it’s even been featured on the ‘Last Man Standing’ television show in the hands of Tim Allen. BlackBerry first showed off their device in prototype form at CES 2017 back in January. The device is expected to include a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset and a 4.5-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio. This display could sit right above a hardware QWERTY keyboard.
The QWERTY keyboard we expect to see could house a fingerprint sensor on the space bar, which may also act as a track pad, similar to those present on past BlackBerry phone iterations. BlackBerry is eschewing the industry trend to remove the 3.5mm headphone socket, as one is expected on the so-called ‘Mercury’, along with a USB Type-C port. Under the skin, the device is believed to be running Android 7.0 Nougat, which will include BlackBerry’s modifications to improve security and productivity, such as the BlackBerry Hub, which collates all messages into the one application.
The BlackBerry announcement is now only a few days away. Along with the device specifications and functions, BlackBerry will hopefully reveal pricing and availability details for around the world. BlackBerry’s devices have traditionally been expensive in the industry and it’s going to be interesting to see how BlackBerry and TCL decide to price this particular version.
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SOURCE [BlackBerry on Twitter]