Hands-on: The BlackBerry Mercury is the future of an iconic smartphone brand

by birtanpublished on September 30, 2020

hey what's going on guys it's Zack with
Andrew police over here at CES taking a
quick early look at the BlackBerry
mercury mercury being the internal
codename for this device as we don't
have a final name for it just yet so
blackberry and TCL team up once again to
bring us the latest device that targets
those that still have the desire for a
physical keyboard and taking a look
around the hardware the phone itself is
quite a bit smaller than an iPhone 7
plus and a bit smaller than a Google
pixel XL now the screen is also pretty
small definitely smaller than 5 inches
unfortunately we don't have the exact
dimensions of it but we hope to get that
soon below the screen you'll find
Android capacitive buttons and of course
the keyboard which I'll touch on it in a
bit continuing on with the hardware the
phone is a bit on the thick side of
things so it's definitely not the
sleekest thing out there the back has a
smooth soft touch material is that what
looked like bottom firing speakers with
a USB type-c port the phone does have a
headphone jack and it also has a
customisable button called the
convenience key on the right side of the
phone which leads us to the software of
course it's still early so the software
is far from finished but right now we
can report that the mercury is running a
near stock version of Android 7 nougat
with a few blackberry additions like
blackberry hub blackberry messenger and
more there are a few neat tricks
involving the hardware getting back to
that convenience key
it's preset to open up the camera this
is nice and quick by the way but you can
also set it to open up pretty much
anything else in the phone which is very
handy you can also use the keyboard as
sort of a trackpad by swiping left and
right to navigate the home screen you
can swipe up and down to navigate the
app drawer etc this actually works very
well I must say now taking a closer look
at the star of the show it actually
houses a fingerprint reader right in the
spacebar so we found that pretty
interesting definitely saving some space
with that so the keyboard itself is nice
definitely continuing on with that
classic blackberry feel it gives off a
nice tactile feedback but it is a tad
cramped at least for me but I'm sure
diehard blackberry fans will come to
enjoy this but that's the thing it's
nice to see that the physical keyboard
still exists but I'm not too sure this
along with the blackberry messenger will
be enough to attract iPhone galaxies and
now pixel users it's a phone for the
diehards again it's too early to tell at
this point but we will be getting
finalized info on this device come the
end of February when the phone is
officially announced at Mobile World
Congress so there you have it that's the
BlackBerry Mercury I definitely see some
promise with this phone but what do you
guys think is it too late for blackberry
let us know what you think by dropping a
comment down
but anyway that does it for the video I
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