- Blackberry Throws Mercury as ‘Keyone.’
Blackberry made it clear it will not be coming into 2017 with mediocre devices as the smartphone company In collaboration with TCL took the wraps off the much expected Blackberry’s latest device, the Blackberry KEYone. The device which had in the past caused a major stir online as it was called the Blackberry Mercury had been the talk of several tech enthusiasts who expected something big from the smartphone company as a follow-up device to the DTEK60.
TLC took the wraps off the Blackberry Mercury which got a new name ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2017 which also came as a surprise as earlier rumors had maintained that the device would be officially launched at the event.
Although some of the aspects of the Blackberry KEYone had been highlighted at the CES 2017 which held in January, the device’s unveiling put all rumors to rest while confirming some and throwing others straight into the bin.
The KEYone comes with the signature QWERTY keyboard as synonymous to the Canadian company, but this doesn’t in any way rob the screen of the touch function. The device which has been touted to be a unique production from the smartphone company boasts an old-fashioned physical QWERTY keyboard which on an honest plane is a rare sighting.
The Android-powered device runs on the latest Android OS build 7.0 Nougat which makes it the second device to come rolling out of the box with the OS after the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
The device is released with a 4.5-inch display screen with a screen resolution of 1620 x 1080 and a pixel density of 433ppi with an aspect ratio of 3:2.
On the build, the Blackberry KEYone comes with an anodized aluminum frame with a soft back, but unfortunately, the specs do not match what you would expect as the device comes sporting a Snapdragon 625 SoC under its hood.
Along with the mid-range Snapdragon 625 SoC comes 3GB of RAM and an onboard storage memory of 32GB which can be expanded through its microSD card support. Regarding expandable storage, the device can support as much as 2TB or external memory stick and comes packing a magnificent Sony IMX378 camera sensor found in the Google Pixel device.