Possible Last QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Mercury Spotted In the Wild


BlackBerry may be halting in-house phone development, but the Canadian company has promised to release one last phone before it completely focuses on software and not hardware. BlackBerry CEO John Chen has earlier confirmed with Bloomberg that they’ll be releasing a phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard in the next few months, and it looks like we’re seeing exactly that in this leak.

The new phone, codenamed Mercury, sports a full QWERTY keyboard that the Canadian company is known for. Other BlackBerry phones with physical keyboards hasn’t fared well, partly because of their higher price tags compared to the competition, and partly because of BlackBerry’s late adoption of the Android ecosystem.

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After the Mercury is released, BlackBerry’s phone ambitions are murky. Chen has earlier said that they’ll be concentrating on software instead of hardware, and would be giving up designing and producing smartphones in-house.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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