BlackBerry is back! BlackBerry Android smartphones made by TCL Communication will be unveiled at the CES 2017 trade show despite BlackBerry announcing last September that it has quit the mobile business industry. BlackBerry also said before that it would be focusing on creating software instead.
BlackBerry made an announcement last week that its smartphones will now be manufactured and sold by TCL Communication. One week after the news broke out, TCL Communication is set to launch a new set of BlackBerry smartphones at the CES 2017.
One of these BlackBerry smartphones is expected to feature the BlackBerry’s signature physical QWERTY keyboard. This model is rumored to be called the “BlackBerry Mercury”.
- fingerprint sensor integrated into the space bar
- powered by the Snapdragon 625 CPU
- 4.5-inch display
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of inbuilt storage
- 3400mAh battery
- 18-megapixel rear camera
- 8-megapixel front-facing camera
- runs Android 7.0 Nougat with BlackBerry’s own customizations for security
TCL Communication, through its President and General Manager, Steve Cistulli, said that the CES trade show will “include a first look at how the BlackBerry brand legacy will live on in a new generation of smartphones.” They also mentioned that they will reveal more details and plans at the trade show. They will also showcase the new identity of BlackBerry together with the new BlackBerry Android smartphones.
BlackBerry Mercury Yet To Be Confirmed
The BlackBerry Mercury is still not confirmed by TCL Communication and BlackBerry. The unveiling of this type of phone is also not yet determined. It still has not been confirmed if one of their devices will be called as such.
The confirmed details about the other devices including their prices are still being withheld by its new handler.
The BlackBerry devices will not be allowed for sale in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia, which are some of BlackBerry’s biggest handset markets before its sales dived down these past couple of years. This would be a disadvantage to the company especially if they are trying to compete in a market where phone brands such as Samsung and Apple reign.