The BlackBerry ‘Mercury’, which was first rumored in June this year, has allegedly been caught on camera. Two images showing the device have been posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo. As you can see in the leaked renders, the smartphone will have a physical QWERTY keyboard, unlike the recent DTEK50 and DTEK60 smartphones. While it cannot be confirmed yet, the images do seem to hint towards a solid metal frame in the middle, with perhaps a polycarbonate back.
Part of the reason behind that is unlike the DTEK50 and DTEK60, the ‘Mercury’ is not an ODM device. It has been developed in-house by BlackBerry, making it the last in-house QWERTY device from the Canadian company.
The smartphone is expected to feature a 4.5-inch sized display with an unusual 3:2 aspect ratio, which is to be expected from a QWERTY BlackBerry handset. Under the hood, it is likely to be powered by a Snapdragon 600-series octa-core SoC from Qualcomm, clocked at 2.0 GHz. The octa-core chipset will be paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. A microSD card slot will most definitely be included, so you will be able to expand the storage further with a microSD card.
In the camera department, the ‘Mercury’ is rumored to sport an 18MP primary snapper at the back, perhaps using the same sensor used on the Priv. For selfies, the smartphone will be equipped with an 8MP shooter on the front. When it comes to software, we expect the upcoming handset to run on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system out of the box, as it is expected to go on sale only in the first quarter of next year. Since BlackBerry is working on the Nougat update for its current Android smartphone lineup, it wouldn’t make sense for them to launch ‘Mercury’ with the outdated Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system out of the box when it launches next year.