BlackBerry’s recently announced a flagship smartphone that seems to pack in the bells and whistles but oddly came without a name, specifications and price tag. Well, after what many would call a positive (yet unofficial) reveal at the recent CES, with fans drooling all over the new device codenamed ‘Mercury’, BlackBerry has finally set a date for an official unveil and it has been scheduled for 25 February.
The BlackBerry Mercury indeed got plenty of BlackBerry fans excited after its unveil at CES. The device will be manufactured by TCL in certain global markets, while BlackBerry is still in the process of finalising local manufacturers for other markets like India, Indonesia and the rest where TCL will not be able to sell BlackBerry products directly.
Coming to the smartphone, it features a uni-body metal design with a hardware keyboard on the front. The keyboard apart from acting as a navigation tool, this time around also features a fingerprint reader in the space key. At the back BlackBerry seems to have gone with a soft touch surface with metal underneath.
Inside, the Mercury, fans can expect a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset or a 625 with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. On the back there is a 13MP camera, while an 8MP unit sits above the display at the front for selfies.  There is a 4.5-inch display that sits above the keyboard that expected to feature a 1620 x 1080 resolution along with its odd aspect ratio. The Mercury boots to Android 7.0 Nougat and will come with BlackBerry’s suite of DTek applications to make the device secure at both the hardware and software level.