BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ Launched In Feb

The teaser of the smartphone was released in January and gave us a feeling of nostalgia.  The memory of the physical keypad reminded us of all the troubles of having to press every key multiples times to display numbers and alphabets. After all, that’s how we all learned to use our first phones and send those never ending messages.

When the news of BlackBerry hit the markets, fans were jumping and were breathing a sigh of relief that the plans to revive the QWERTY were still there. The BlackBerry Mercury or the BlackBerry DTEK70 will feature their famous and easy to use QWERTY keypad.

BlackBerry 'Mercury'

In characteristic BlackBerry style, the Mercury will be equipped with a physical keyboard, but will also be paired with the 7.0 Android operating system. There are also rumours of an additional BlackBerry Phone known as the Blackberry Press.

The BlackBerry Mercury is predicted to have a spacebar which also function as fingerprint sensor, in addition, the keyboard will also be equipped with capacitive touch capabilities for scrolling.  The device is expected to have a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.

The smartphone device will house a 4.5 inch display combined with 1080 x 1620 pixels display and will have a pixel density of 420ppi.  Also, it is likely to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC.

The Blackberry Mercury will be equipped with a 3GB Ram along with a 32 GB ROM and will be packed with a 3400mAh battery.  Furthermore, the smartphone is expected to have a 12 megapixel camera along with a Sony IMX378 camera sensor at the back of the phone, which was shown in the Google Pixel line-up. The 12 Megapixel camera has the ability to record 4K ultra HD, creating good looking pictures and videos.

The look and design of the BlackBerry Mercury looks similar to other smartphones, but then its aim was to make in-roads in the affordable mid-range market and not look good. The smartphone’s curved metal body is made of aluminium and does blend in well with other high-end devices.

Unlike the traditional BlackBerry, you can swipe across the keyboard to display web pages and emails without having to use the physical keyboard.

Having the freedom to use both QWERTY and the touch screen is a boon for users and this gives BlackBerry Mercury the edge over its competition. However, will the smartphone be able to rise to its former glory?

It may not be as highly equipped as Apple and Samsung, which are safely perched on top of the list. But it does have its moments. Back in the day when the brand launched its phone it was truly an innovative device. However, the brand’s reluctance to move forward and adopt new trends led to its decline.  Even its absence from the market couldn’t deter the sheer number of users who have being patiently waiting for its launch. This reminds us of the brand’s former glory and its relevance.

Unfortunately, due to licensing issues the phone may not reach the Indian shores anytime soon. But the brand is hoping to expand their reach.

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by techtalks @TechTalks April 4, 2017 7:35 AM UTC


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