BlackBerry is planning to unveil a new phone at MWC, which will begin on February 27. The official announcement will give more details on the phone, which has been the center of rumors for a few days now. The phone will be unveiled on February 25, according to a video posted on the company’s Twitter account.
BlackBerry, which recently signed a smartphone software and brand licensing deal with TCL, appears to be doing something similar to what made the company popular years ago. The upcoming phone will feature a physical keyboard but will have Android, which won’t be the first time as the BlackBerry Priv was the company’s first Android phone.
Touchscreen and Physical Keyboard
At CES 2017, TCL offered those that attended the event a first look on the phone. It was a surprising appearance by the BlackBerry Mercury, which is said to be the last one designed and engineered by the company.
The BlackBerry Mercury features a touchscreen and physical keyboard, like the BlackBerry Priv released in 2015. The company reportedly struggled to sell the phone, despite featuring good specs and a slider-style keyboard. The company sold just 600,000 phones between January and March 2016. In December of that year, the company announced a deal with TCL, which gave TCL the right to make and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones.
Mobile World Congress – February 25 Event
The BlackBerry Mercury will make its official debut at Mobile World Congress on February 25. Not a lot of smartphones feature a physical keyboard today, so this caught the attention of those who got to see the phone at CES 2017. The rumored specs of the phone are 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 3,400mAh battery, 18MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera.
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