New BlackBerry phone with physical QWERTY keyboard is launching at CES

There couldn't be a better start to 2017 than a confirmed BlackBerry phone with physical QWERTY keyboard! Yes, it is not a rumour anymore. Steve Cistulli, president of TCL, has teased a 4 second long video showing nothing but a physical keyboard on a phone. TCL is the company that is designing, overseeing and building BlackBerry phones now.

 Now after the teaser, we are sure that the new BlackBerry phone, codenamed Mercury, will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, which starts tomorrow in Las Vegas. Cistulli tweeted the teaser from his official handle.

 The phone has leaked online several times in recent months along with a confirmation by BlackBerry CEO John Chen that the company is working on a QWERTY phone. Although not much is visible in the teaser, you can still see capacitive touch buttons above the physical keyboard, which is in line with the leaked photos of the BlackBerry Mercury.

According to previous reports, the phone will feature a 4.5-inch display with 1620x1080 resolution with a 420 ppi pixel density. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Another leaked photo showed that the new BlackBerry phone will have a fingerprint sensor integrated in the space bar. The phone may also get the 2.5D curved display that has become a trend with phone makers these days.

The BlackBerry Mercury is expected to carry an 18-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel camera on the front.

Last year, BlackBerry had announced its retirement from smartphone manufacturing, and later in December it handed the licencing deal to TCL to use BlackBerry branding.

BlackBerry had launched two Android phones last year, DTEK 50 and DTEK 60, both made by TCL. Since the two phones were later launched in India too, we expect the upcoming BlackBerry phone to reach the country as well.

Considering BlackBerry's stature of almost a legend, we expect the QWERTY phone to be received well. However, it is something which also depends on the phone's pricing, a card that BlackBerry hasn't played well in the past.


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