Blackberry is set to release its last smart phone with the iconic QWERTY style keyboard named “Blackberry Mercury.” According to sources, the device is expected to be unveiled at CES 2017 in January in Las Vegas. This would be the last phone developed by the struggling Canadian company after it handed over responsibilities to TCL.
For those who missed out on the news earlier, Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL has signed a licensing agreement with BlackBerry to manufacture Blackberry smartphones. This was expected because Blackberry already announced it was putting a halt on its mobile phone division. TCL will handle all other aspects of smartphone production: design, manufacture, sales and distribution.
The deal between TCL and Blackberry however does not put an end for BlackBerry, the Canadian company will continue to “develop its security and software solutions”, which run alongside Android in recent phone releases. Nicolas Zibell, CEO of TCL Communication said of the deal:
We [TCL Communication] are committed to creating the best portfolio solutions, while ensuring the quality support to consumers and enterprise users who trust the integrity of the BlackBerry device and the brand’s security leadership, coupled with the Android platform, together with BlackBerry’s smartphone software platform, this partnership will strengthen our position in the global mobile market.
As said earlier, the Blackberry Mercury will be the last smartphone made in-house by the Canadian company, it is a mid-range smartphone, so don’t expect too much of it. The Mecury is expected to come with a 4.5-inch full HD display, a 2.02GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor and 3GB of RAM. It will also feature an 18-megapixel camera at the rear and the front-facing should come in at 8-megapixels. Like previous BlackBerry DTEK smartphones, it will run on Android 7.0 Nougat. The CES 2017 reveal hasn’t been confirmed by BlackBerry, but with CES coming up in just a few days time, we will find out.
Although Blackberry was known as the king of smartphones, it’s QNX division has been working on automotive software for over 20 years. Now, after it’s short-lived stint as king of the business smartphone, the Canadian company now wants to fall back to it’s roots in the automotive industry.
BlackBerry is a line of wireless handheld devices and services designed and marketed by BlackBerry Limited, formerly known as Research In Motion Limited (RIM). Blackberry was considered one of the major smartphone vendors in the world, specializing in secure communications and mobile productivity. The name, BlackBerry, was chosen due to the resemblance of the keyboard’s buttons to that of the drupelets that compose the blackberry fruit. The company is now adding more efforts on automotive