BlackBerry kicked its own BlackBerry Operating System to the curb last year in favor of the more popular Android OS, and no longer manufactures its own phones, but that doesn’t mean they’re dead.
Rather, BlackBerry has partnered with TCL to release Android phones under the BlackBerry brand name. The latest device, revealed behind closed doors at CES 2017, doesn’t have a name yet, so we’ll rely on its internet codename — which BlackBerry suggested — as “Mercury.”
“Blackberry Mercury” in MWC 2017. The Mobile World Congress 2017 will showcase the specs, features, and details of the new handset. In fact, licensing agreements have been confirmed for Blackberry and TCL back in December, the latter holding the rights to make and sell the brand in all countries aside from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and India. For Indonesia, one of Blackberry’s biggest markets, they are looking to partner with different distributors and manufacturers locally and deal with BB Merah Putih has been finalized.
BlackBerry and TCL aren’t releasing specifications for the Mercury yet. Previous rumors suggest the device may pack a Snapdragon 821, features a 4.5-inch display, and a resolution of 1,680 x 1,080-pixels. This may change by the final announcement.