Blackberry Mercury is company’s last smartphone with QWERTY keyboard. Now it has been revealed in leaked images. As we all know BlackBerry has been trying to revive its smartphone portfolio for a while now, but have not been able to do so. Last month it was revealed by BlackBerry CEO John Chen that the company is working on its last QWERTY keyboard smartphone.
The images were leaked on Weibo, and they show uncanny similarity to the previously launched BlackBerry Priv. However, the keyboard is fixed below the display, and does not slide out of sight. It also has capacitive navigation buttons, and not on screen buttons, as found on the Priv.
The rumored BlackBerry Mercury is tipped to have the fingerprint sensor integrated into the space bar. BlackBerry is expected to unveil the smartphone sometime this month, and begin shipping it in 2017. It is also expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor, and feature a 4.5-inch sized display.
The smartphone has been spotted on Geekbench as well, and the leak hints at 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, an 18-megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies.
BlackBerry will officially stop producing, stocking, and distributing its own phones, after this one last treat for all its die-hard fans. Moving forward, it will license the BlackBerry brand to outside companies to put on phones they build themselves.
BlackBerry’s best-known smartphone feature is it’s physical keyboard, with many former users still lamenting its absence, and the company plans to switch off the lights in its factories, after giving its loyalists one last parting gift. Currently not much is known about the BlackBerry Mercury, but more details will be revealed as launch date nears. Stay tuned for more details regarding the same.