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Looks like BlackBerry has one last Android phone up its sleeve


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BlackBerry has been undergoing a few changes of late, announcing the closure of its hardware division last month and releasing two new Android phones this year that were basically rebranded Alcatel handsets.

But it seems the former smartphone giant has another Android device to come in the near future, if leaked benchmarking results are anything to go by.

The phone in question is thought to be codenamed Mercury, and is already expected to come with a physical keyboard and run Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Now Geekbench results have revealed the phone could also include a Qualcomm octa-core chipset (which could very well be the Snapdragon 625 SoC) running at 2GHz and 3GB of RAM.

The only other piece of information revealed by the leak is a model number, BBB100-1, which doesn't tell us too much else about BlackBerry's plans.

blackberry dtek50 17The DTEK50 was basically a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4

Rumours suggest Mercury could launch as early as Q1 2017, with a 4.5-inch Full HD display, 32GB internal storage, 18-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras and a 3,400mAh battery.

The closure of BlackBerry's hardware division will allow the company to focus more on its software offerings, with future BlackBerry-branded handsets set to be manufactured by the company's partners.

Just what Mercury will look like when it arrives remains a mystery, but stay tuned for more in the near future.

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Let us know whether you want to see another BlackBerry handset running Android in the comments.


October 18, 2016, 12:05 pm

If it was BlackBerry's 'last Android phone', that would be news.

In fact, they have made it clear they will carry on marketing BlackBerry-branded devices for the foreseeable future, they'll just be made by third parties and use the Android OS.


October 18, 2016, 7:31 pm

This is gibberish... BB will still have phones in their name made by 3rd parties... who no doubt will be testing them when they do...


October 19, 2016, 12:28 am

The title of the article is misleading. You make it sound like it's the last device BB will ever make. The truth is that BB has outsourced it's hardware manufacturing to third party manufacturers. Just like Apple, who has Foxcomm build their devices.
I am looking forward to this keyboard device.

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