Where form meets function

In past years, the BlackBerry has been eclipsed by market giants in the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy – but to kick off 2017, TCL Communications Technology has announced that it would be giving the BlackBerry a triumphant return in the form of the BlackBerry Mercury.

Previewed originally on Wednesday at CES, the announcement was light on the details, but gave us just enough to stir the pot for heavy anticipation before its launch at MWC next month. And if your memories of BlackBerry(s) include flashbacks of hurried professionals hammering away at its physical keyboard, have no fear. The Mercury will forgo the on-screen keyboard in favor of its trademark physical keyboard designs, while also maintaining the smooth and (oftentimes) dark aesthetic synonymous with its predecessors.

On the technical side, TCL hasn’t skipped out on anything either, as the smartphone will run on Android 7.0 Nougat, sport a tasteful 4.5-inch (1080 x 1620 pixel) display, and be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Mercury is also expected to arrive with a reasonable 32GB built-in storage, and a 18-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera.

Be sure to stay tuned for further updates around the time of Mobile World Congress next month.

Words by Marcus Cho
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