The last smartphone to be designed by BlackBerry is expected to make its debut at CES 2017 in Las Vegas next month. Dubbed Mercury, the device will have a physical keyboard that sits beneath its display, and a fingerprint scanner integrated into its space bar.
Earlier this year, BlackBerry announced it will no longer design and manufacture its own handsets. Instead, it is licensing the BlackBerry name to third-party smartphone makers, with Chinese vendor TCL recently securing global rights to the brand in a long-term deal.
But the Canadian company has one more home-built smartphone up its sleeve. It’s called the Mercury, and like the Priv, it combines Google’s Android operating system with a physical keyboard. Only this time, that keyboard doesn’t slide away.
Mercury is a lot like a traditional BlackBerry phone, then. It is expected to feature a 4.5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass, a Snapdragon 821 processor clocked at 2.02GHz, 3GB of RAM, an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
One interesting feature, according to the leaked poster above, is a fingerprint scanner that’s embedded in the Mercury’s space bar.
Mercury may also be known as the DTEK70, according to recent leaks, and it’s expected to get its official unveiling at CES 2017 in just over one week. Bear in mind, however, that BlackBerry hasn’t confirmed any of this yet, so it’s just a rumor for now.