The new BlackBerry Mercury smartphone was leaked, appearing in an episode of a well-known TV series. In “Last Man Standing,” Tim Allen’s character is seen using the upcoming device a few times. The first time the device was shown to the public was in early January, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. At that point, people could have purchased only the pre-production device, but, nevertheless, this was risky since the software of the smartphone was very new.
BlackBerry is bound to release the Mercury smartphone in February during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In the meantime, the company does not seem to want to keep the appearance of the device secret. Tim Allen is believed to be a fan of BlackBerry phones, being keen on using the devices with a keyboard.
In the TV series, his character has been using several times some recent BlackBerry devices like BlackBerry Priv. and BlackBerry Passport. What is more, other characters playing in the TV series were also seen using some BlackBerry models like BlackBerry DTEK60. This may be some kind of product placement. Nevertheless, the idea of promoting these devices by getting some exposure may only bring benefits to the manufacturer.
The new BlackBerry Mercury sports a display of 4.5 inches, having an aspect ratio of 4:3. The resolution of the upcoming smartphone is not yet known. The QWERTY keyboard is a front mounted touch-sensitive one. The keyboard can also be used as a trackpad. The new BlackBerry is equipped with a fingerprint sensor which is part of the space bar of the keyboard.
The new smartphone is outfitted with a headphone port of 3.5mm and a battery of 3,400 mAh. The forthcoming BlackBerry Mercury also features a USB Type-C port and a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset equipped with a 3 GB of RAM. Rumor has it that the primary camera will feature 18 megapixels, probably a similar camera to the one used on the BlackBerry Priv.
Nevertheless, others claim that the camera will feature only 12 megapixels just like the Google Pixel XL and Google Pixel smartphones. Everyone’s attention was pointed towards the camera when Google Pixel was launched. The device featured a class-leading video and image which justified the premium price tag. Apparently, the new BlackBerry is bound to count on imaging for its upcoming flagship.
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