Mercury Release Just Hours Away. Are You Planning On Getting It?

So we are just hours away now from the release of yet another new BlackBerry. Possible the most anticipated device for quite some time now. It is exciting times indeed. There has been a lot of build up for this release. We have seen many articles written about it, lots of pictures posted and also lots of hype on social media. Sprouted as the biggest thing to happen for a BlackBerry device since the release of BB10.

But still, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the specs. Will it have a Snapdragon 625 or even an 820? Will it have 3gb or 4gb ram? It was nicknamed “Mercury” but what will be the official name? DTEK70? TCL and BlackBerry have done a great job in keeping some of this as a surprise. I mean, if we knew all the specs, and have seen all the pics, what is there left to keep us guessing?

Lets take a look at what we are fairly certain will feature in this new phone:

  • Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 4.5″ screen with 3:2 display ratio
  • 3gb ram
  • 32gb onboard storage with SD card support up to 2TB
  • 18mp rear camera
  • 8mp front camera
  • 3400mAh battery
  • multi-colour LED
  • QuickCharge 3.0
  • Aluminium housing
  • Full Qwerty keyboard, touch sensitive, with fingerprint scanner in “Space” key
  • Running Android 7 Nougat

Bear in mind these are “rumoured specs” so the above may not be 100% correct but we believe it will be very close to it.

EDIT: full official specs can be found here

This is one sexy BlackBerry!

We even posted some sneak peek pictures earlier today highlighting this beautiful device. And in case you missed it, and to get you salivating, here they are again:

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Have you fallen in love yet?

As you can see, this is a beautifully crafted device well worthy of the BlackBerry name. I was a bit undecided about getting this but when you look at those pictures, how can you simply not fall in love with this?

I will definitely be getting this new Blackberry as soon as it is available to me. I’m hoping that it becomes available through carriers in Australia very quickly, if not then I will be looking to source it anyway possible. Thankfully there are several of us here at UTB from all parts of the world so it will definitely be possible to get one of our staff to get one to me.

I am currently using my Passport as my daily driver and my Priv as my play device. But I think that this Mercury could quite easily become my daily driver. Not that I would, or could, give up my Passport. That will always have a place blogging/channelling for UTB and as a work device.

Is this your next BlackBerry?

We’d like to know if the Mercury appeals to you? Do you intend on getting it? What device will you be upgrading from? Or will this be another BlackBerry just to add to your collection? What is your favourite feature of this device? Let us know in the comments below.

Wayno

Long time lover of all things BlackBerry, from the Bold 9000 thru to the Passport and now the Priv. Always dreaming of the next new BlackBerry to add to my collection. Had the rest, now got the best!

  • Roy shpitalnik

    In the minute it will be available in my country!!!

  • pnmaal

    Did you see the multicolour LED in action? Please say yes.

    • Wayno

      Our sources have confirmed this.

      • MePiikan LzBolaz

        Not sure about that. Someone at the event (slagman5) mentioned it’s RGB.

        • Wayno

          That’s what I meant, our sources have reported it as colour

    • Wayno

      Apparently source was wrong. it is a white LED only

      • pnmaal

        Thanks.

        • Wayno

          It seems that I was wrong as were the specs. It has been confirmed by numerous sources to have a RGB LED. My apologies for the confusion

  • Poita316

    To be honest, my Passport might be my last BlackBerry. Seein I need to go either Droid or iOS nowadays, there is not a big reason to keep using BlackBerry seeing its almost all Droid. Yes, it’s secure, but et us be realistic. How secure does my data need to be as a consumer? Not running (or ruining, hi Marissa) a million / billon dollar company and I never keep personla stuff on my device that I don’t want others to access. F the apps, I love the BB10 os, but seeing Im waiting for over 3 monthes for the officila 10.3.3 update here in The Netherlands, but every month a Adndroid update rolls out, I wonder how much BlackBerry values its BB10 users. I loe the brand, but the Andoid landscape is huge, and there are plenty of stock Droids out there. Just not with the beloved keyboad.

    • Wayno

      It’s not only the keyboard that sets the BlackBerry apart from other Android devices. The security of the hardware and software built in is where the difference lies. The BlackBerry DTEK app keeps you updated as to what your apps are accessing. We recently wrote about the SoundHound app accessing microphone and other features even though it hadn’t been opened. It was the DTEK app that highlighted this. Everyone else not using a BlackBerry Android would be totally oblivious to this. With apps accessing all sorts of permissions on your device, it is vital to know what they are actually accessing and when.

      • Poita316

        I know, as you’ve written it here more than any other, that DTEK is a true BlackBerry “`thing”` added to Android. But, as I see it, it does not prevent apps from getting the info, it just shows how many times a app tries to get it. Unlike BB10 apps, Android apps dont give the option to edit settings like no access to location, personal info etc. I have to see it “`in the flesh”` first, but based on OS one doesnt need to go / keep with BlackBerry and that makes me kinda sad seeing what the brand offers with its own OS>

        • Wayno

          But, that is where you are wrong. Not only does DTEK make you aware what permissions apps are accessing, you CAN turn them off. Marshmallow allows you to do that

          • Poita316

            It seems that I was wrong indeed. I heard this during the launch yesterday and wasn’t aware of this.

            • Wayno

              It’s a great feature in itself. It’s well worth looking into a BlackBerry Android device.

              • Poita316

                It’s the main reason for using BlackBery. Being in control of what I allow. That and the PKB. Have to see it in the flesh first, but that will take a few months :)

                • Wayno

                  Seems that you have already answered your own question. Good luck with your decision, I’m sure if you decide to give BlackBerry Android a go you won’t be disappointed

                  • Something also, which may seem unpopular, but yes, on BB10 we approve permissions (just like current android) but we have no way of knowing how often they access those permissions.

                    For instance: people may be fine allowing a social media app access to their Contacts. Most need that access. On BB10 we assumed it accessed those Contacts upon install, and mayber intermittently. On BlackBerry Android when we see it’s accessing our Contacts many thousands of times over a week, we realize how much info they’re gleaning and we shut them off.

                    I actually prefer seeing what DTEK shows vs not knowing on BB10.

    • Wayno

      Not only what I stated below, but BlackBerry updates are very regular for their apps. They are also the first manufacturer to release monthly security updates. Also, coming from BB10, you will also appreciate the hub. You can get this via paid subscription on any Android device but you get it free on a BlackDroid and it does run better.

    • anthogag

      How secure does your data have to be?

      You can’t root a Blackdroid. That’s a big deal.

      Your information might be “personal stuff” but it has value to you. What if some malware bot rooted and locked your device until you paid a bitcoin ransom? Too late to say I wish I had a Blackdroid.

  • anthogag

    I don’t buy a phone for FacePlant or Twits-united. I tried the latest version of Android, it’s still a toy to entertain Google drones.

    • Guessing you didn’t try BlackBerry Android then.

      • anthogag

        Of course I demoed a PRIV several times. A BlackDroid puts other Android devices to shame.

        I also demoed the Pixel. The Pixel, on the surface is good. However, using it is like using a toy running an archaic operating system that’s been massaged more than a Kobe beef cow.

        I couldn’t demo Samsung’s latest phone. The carrier store didn’t have flame resistant gloves.

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