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The next BlackBerry phone will have physical keyboard and something beyond that

Earlier this week, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen sat down with Bloomberg network to share his thoughts on technology future under newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump. Like always, the correspondent Emily Chang moved beyond the subject and questioned the chairman about the future BlackBerry smartphones. And Chen did not hesitate to confirm the arrival of another in-house production in few months.

Back when BlackBerry launched the DTEK50 in the West, the rumors came in about the keyboard equipped device codenamed ‘Mercury’, bringing back the iconic BlackBerry design to the Android world. According to the further revelation on web, the phone has decent hardware to power up QWERTY lovers who don’t play rich games nor care about competing phones with fellow touch slabs.

The Mercury may be powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory and an expandable microSD card slot to support more 2TB of storage. It is guessed to sport a 4.5-inch display with a 3:2 ratio and HD (720p) resolution holding along the iconic touch capacitive BlackBerry physical keyboard underneath, with fingerprint scanner placed under the space-bar key.

Furthermore, rumors also state that it will have a 3,400 mAh battery and will feature an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera along with another 8-megapixel front facing camera. And no doubt, the phone will run on Android’s latest 7.0 software.

Now, let us leave you with some grain of salt! According to some other rumors, the Mercury will have Hypervisor capability which will run Android 7.0 under secured BlackBerry 11 container. This is highly unlikely but hope for the best!

That said, mostly everything written above is still rumor except the words of John Chen confirming the comeback of beloved physical keyboard BlackBerry.

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Written by Shahriyar Ali


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