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BlackBerry's last designed phone Mercury and DTEK50 shine at CES 2017

10 January 2017 2

The BlackBerry Mercury is an upcoming smartphone with physical QWERTY keyboard. The phone has been part of rumors and teasers recently and we even got to have a sneak peek at the device from TCL at last week's CES 2017. While the Mercury will get official at next month's MWC event in Barcelona, it's sneak peek was more than enough for the phone to win praises from almost everyone.

In the latest blog post from BlackBerry's COO and GM Ralph Pini, the Mercury is said to have received 'Best of CES' award from a number of publications including Engadget, Android Police, Android Centra, and Phone Scoop. Pini appeared to pretty happy and excited about the kind of response Mercury has received so far. He mentioned that this is the last smartphone designed by BlackBerry which means it has become a part of the legacy for which BlackBerry smartphones were known worldwide. He further confirmed that all other details including the official name of Mercury will be unveiled at MWC 2017.

And it was not only the Mercury to win awards, even the BlackBerry DTEK50 managed to win a few praises for the company at CES. The device went on to win an Innovation Award from CES organizers. It is a mid-ranger smartphone that was announced last year and like many other BlackBerry phones, it is also focused on offering best possible security solutions to its users.

While you can read the entire blog post from Pini by clicking on the source link below, here are excerpts from the same.

"We're very excited about the coming BlackBerry branded "Mercury" smartphone. It's the last phone that we designed and engineered in-house. Our global licensing partner TCL will be manufacturing Mercury and bringing it to market in many countries around the world. The agreement with TCL Communication is BlackBerry's second licensing agreement. TCL is a global top ten smartphone provider best-known for its Alcatel-branded devices. BlackBerry's brand recognition and security and software expertise, along with TCL's hardware and distribution prowess, are a powerful combination. During CES, TCL gave a sneak peek of Mercury, a secure Android, keyboard-equipped device. More details about the smartphone, including its official name, will be coming at the Mobile World Congress show in February."

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  • I still fail to understand why BB is bringing out phones with physical QWERTY keyboards. Doesn't it eat up the space and bring down the screen to body ratio down?

      • BlackBerry got the chance to shine with these mobiles only due to the Android OS, I guess. Before that they did persist with their own BB10 platform, which wasn't just working for them.

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