• BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ Revealed at CES



    Here's Michael Fisher and the first BlackBerry with a physical keyboard from the company's new hardware partner, TCL. Judging by the coverage it got around the web yesterday, it's a pretty big deal.

    Set to make its proper debut at Mobile World Congress next month, the Mercury—which might end up being called the DTEK70 upon release—will be BlackBerry's fourth Android-powered phone. Like the Priv, the keyboard is capacitive and can be used as a trackpad. And there's a new innovation as well: the space bar does double duty as a fingerprint reader.

    In terms of specs here's what Mobile Syrup is able to confirm:

    Android OS
    Aluminum frame
    4.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio
    Soft textured rubberized back
    Physical QWERTY keyboard with capacitive keys, 4GB RAM
    Space bar doubles as a fingerprint sensor
    3.5mm headphone jack (!)
    Rear and front-facing camera with flash
    Stereo speaker on the bottom
    Bluetooth 4.2
    Convenience key
    USB-C port
    slot for a nano SIM and microSD card

    It's encouraging to see a new BlackBerry device that isn't a rebranded Alcatel Idol. All signs point to the Mercury being a new flagship for the company; I wonder how much they're going to sell it for...

    Coverage: Android Police, Mobile Syrup, XDA

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Blackberry Mercury started by pjw918 View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. yyz123's Avatar
      yyz123 -
      It's one ugly looking device.
      The top bezel, speaker grille, camera/sensor looks out of place and unproportional.
    1. pjw918's Avatar
      pjw918 -
      Pic with a clear view of the top.
      More room allows for a better speaker?



      A black frame would be somewhat better, but make the top bezel look quite large.
      Gunmetal maybe? Once in hand the somewhat quirky appearance may grow on you.
      No getting around that it will be a distinctive device!
    1. Jack T. Chance's Avatar
      Jack T. Chance -
      It's too long. I don't know why BlackBerry hates Landscape Sliders so much. This new phone gives me no reason whatsoever to upgrade from my PRIV. At least with the PRIV, I can close the keyboard when it's not needed, so I'll be staying with what has been the best Android phone I've ever owned!
    1. Mann Incognito's Avatar
      Mann Incognito -
      It looks too 'tippy' to me but then the Priv is long when using the keyboard and it seems to work for folks.

      Sent from my Passport using HoFo mobile app
    1. apdxyk's Avatar
      apdxyk -
      Quote Originally Posted by yyz123 View Post
      It's one ugly looking device.
      The top bezel, speaker grille, camera/sensor looks out of place and unproportional.
      Says an ugly Passport owner
    1. lmcjipo's Avatar
      lmcjipo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jack T. Chance View Post
      It's too long. I don't know why BlackBerry hates Landscape Sliders so much. This new phone gives me no reason whatsoever to upgrade from my PRIV. At least with the PRIV, I can close the keyboard when it's not needed, so I'll be staying with what has been the best Android phone I've ever owned!
      I'm not sure I will upgrade my Blackberry Priv to this phone either. However, for me it will come down mainly to how much of an "upgrade" it is compared to my Blackberry Priv (camera, speed, keyboard functionality/feel, etc.) and how much this phone costs. I have a lot of working phones (Nexus-4, Blackberry Q10, Blackberry Passport, Blackberry Priv, and Axon 7) where I will swap my SIM cards back/forth. My latest phone being my Axon 7 and I am not "desperate" for an upgrade.

      I don't mind the shape of the new phone nor the fact that it isn't a slider. I'm hoping the keyboard has the feel of the Bold 9700 which is one of the best keyboards that I've used on a phone (and I've used the Palm Treo 600, 650, and 680 before going to the Bold 9700 and then the Q10 and Passport). I'm also hoping that the keyboard has the touchpad capabilities of the Passport and Priv.
    1. Mann Incognito's Avatar
      Mann Incognito -
      I think I'd rather upgrade to the DTEK60, TBH, simply because of BB's VKB which I personally find to be the best I've ever used and I actually prefer it to BB's current crop of PKBs.
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -


      Here's Michael Fisher and the first BlackBerry with a physical keyboard from the company's new hardware partner, TCL. Judging by the coverage it got around the web yesterday, it's a pretty big deal.

      Set to make its proper debut at Mobile World Congress next month, the Mercury—which might end up being called the DTEK70 upon release—will be BlackBerry's fourth Android-powered phone. Like the Priv, the keyboard is capacitive and can be used as a trackpad. And there's a new innovation as well: the space bar does double duty as a fingerprint reader.

      In terms of specs here's what Mobile Syrup is able to confirm:

      Android OS
      Aluminum frame
      4.5-inch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio
      Soft textured rubberized back
      Physical QWERTY keyboard with capacitive keys, 4GB RAM
      Space bar doubles as a fingerprint sensor
      3.5mm headphone jack (!)
      Rear and front-facing camera with flash
      Stereo speaker on the bottom
      Bluetooth 4.2
      Convenience key
      USB-C port
      slot for a nano SIM and microSD card

      It's encouraging to see a new BlackBerry device that isn't a rebranded Alcatel Idol. All signs point to the Mercury being a new flagship for the company; I wonder how much they're going to sell it for...

      Coverage: Android Police, Mobile Syrup, XDA
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      I don't know, it kinda looks very functional...long a Blackberry trademark, function over form. I'd like to see it in person myself.
    1. slimrob's Avatar
      slimrob -
      I'm very excited for this phone. My last BB was the bold and I miss it. I fought myself over whether to buy the Priv but there were just too many mixed reviews. I hope this delivers.

      Sent from my HTC6545LVW using HoFo mobile app
    1. Mr.Peppermint's Avatar
      Mr.Peppermint -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      I don't know, it kinda looks very functional...long a Blackberry trademark, function over form. I'd like to see it in person myself.
      +1

      I have long said Blackberry (& even Windows) phones were far superior to the Android / Apple offerings
      I still scratch my head at sales figures