BlackBerry’s yet-unannounced smartphone that the company designed in-house may be sold by one of top wireless carriers in the United States. A new rumor surfaced claiming that the phone, dubbed BlackBerry Mercury will be made available when it is released by Verizon.
The Canadian company will no longer be making its own devices as BlackBerry recently bowed out of the smartphone business properly by announcing that it has inked an exclusive agreement with the China-based TCL to manufacture and sell devices with the iconic BB brand.
Today’s rumor has it that the BlackBerry Mercury release will take place with Verizon in the U.S. This information comes from noted gadget news leaker via his Twitter account. He offers no other info on the phone, such as release date. Earlier, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen teased that the company would indeed release one last phone created by its own, with its trademark QWERTY hardware keyboard.
Previously, it was rumored about the BlackBerry Mercury to have a 4.5-inch screen, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 3400mAh battery package and a fingerprint scanner. Other reports also claims that it will have Android 7.0 Nougat installed and ready to go out of the box. But unfortunately, nothing gone live nor confirmed by BlackBerry as yet.
Now that BlackBerry announced that TCL Communication has been awarded the rights to make any future smartphones with the BlackBerry branding, beside the Mercury QWERTY phone. TCL has although promised it will be making some BlackBerry-related announcements next week at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. It’s possible one of those phones could also have a QWERTY keyboard.
The handset that BlackBerry is believed to have worked on prior to inking the deal with TCL is codenamed Mercury. Purported render of the BlackBerry Mercury was leaked online though, it shows that the handset might feature a dual-edge curved display as well as QWERTY hardware keyboard.
Also expected that the BlackBerry Mercury to be coming with Snapdragon 821 SoC as well. This is all that’s known about the handset at this point in time. Now, it’s claimed that the BlackBerry Mercury release will eventually take place in the coming months and that Verizon will be final carrier in the United States to sell it.
Currently, neither BlackBerry or Verizon has confirmed anything about this device so it’s best to take this with a pinch of salt until there’s more info officially outs.
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