BlackBerry fans get ready; the company is gearing up for the release of its latest Smartphone.
The Canadian company will officially debut its Mercury Smartphone on Feb. 25, just prior to the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain.
The phone, which is thought to be named Mercury, was, of course, outsourced to a “partner” now that BlackBerry itself no longer has in-house hardware development.
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Chinese firm TCL —which licenses the BlackBerry name, and also operates the Alcatel brand — is partnering with BlackBerry on the project. BlackBerry’s last phone —the DETK50 — was made by Alcatel. It featured BlackBerry’s security and messaging features, but an Android operating system. It is thought Mercury will be the same.
The phone is expected to be a mid-range, Android-run device with BlackBerry’s signature Qwerty keyboard. According to a report from Engadget, the phone will ship with a Snapdragon 625, 3GB of RAM, an 18-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front shooter.
Engadget also said it “won’t be the only BlackBerry phone in the pipeline, so stay tuned if you want something more powerful.”
But don’t expect BlackBerry to bring back the Classic. The company last summer announced the demise of the Smartphone, saying the BlackBerry Classic, which was immensely popular once upon a time for its Qwerty keyboard, would no longer be a part of the company’s manufacturing schedule.
BlackBerry has also said it would focus solely on Android, meaning phones operating on the BlackBerry 10 system would be shelved.