BlackBerry Mercury Will Feature QWERTY Keyboard
A pre-production model of a new QWERTY BlackBerry, codenamed Mercury, was shown off at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The Chinese-manufacturer TCL bought the rights to make new BB phones in December, and plans to fully unveil this throwback phone at Mobile World Congress later this year.
An Android touchscreen sits on top, while a fingerprint reader hides in the spacebar. The aluminum build will evidently not be waterproof, but it will have a headphone jack. Inside, you'll find BlackBerry's security system and the full Android Google Play store for apps.
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Personally, I'm intrigued by the keyboard, which will feature predictive typing that can be customized to your writing style and language choices. The keys look glossy and polished, but I'm not sure users are ready to give up that much screen real estate.
TCL also makes Alcatel phones. The company hopes this will save its brand, after the lackluster releases of the BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60. Stay tuned for a full review when this phone is available. Would you go back to a QWERTY BlackBerry?