BlackBerry Mercury Might Get Exclusive Release With Verizon
Last week, BlackBerry and its new hardware partner, TCL, confirmed that next generation BlackBerry smartphones would be unveiled at CES 2017 in early January. While there are no official details about these upcoming handsets, one of them might be the BlackBerry Mercury (model number BBB100) – an Android 7 Nougat-based phone with a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a 4.5-inch touchscreen display.
A new tweet from Roland Quandt, who has reported accurate smartphone news in the past, revealed that the BlackBerry Mercury has a model number of BBB100 and will be released by Verizon in the U.S. It’s not 100 percent clear if the BlackBerry Mercury will be exclusively offered by Verizon, but considering the BlackBerry Priv was exclusive to AT&T upon release before making its way to other U.S. carriers, chances are that Verizon may get bragging rights on the new BlackBerry Mercury.
We’ve seen several images allegedly showing the BlackBerry Mercury, but, for now, we can’t be sure of their authenticity. In any case, this seems to be a mid-range (and hopefully not too expensive) smartphone. Besides a 4.5-inch screen and a hardware QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry Mercury is expected to feature an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, fingerprint scanner (integrated into the space bar), 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space, and a pretty generous 3400 mAh battery.