Tuesday , June 19 2018

TCL shows off new BlackBerry ‘Mercury’ prototype, with physical keyboard and running Android

We’ve had our first glimpse at what a BlackBerry will look like from TCL today at CES 2017, in the form of the prototype device dubbed ‘Mercury’ and we have to say, it looks impressive. While TCL isn’t ready to make a more detailed announcement on this device just yet, we understand that there won’t be long to wait, with an announcement expected at Mobile World Congress next month.

That said, we know a little about some key features of the as yet unnamed phone. The Mercury (not it’s final name) will feature:

  • Intelligent physical keyboard: The world’s most advanced intelligent keyboard to date: touch sensitive with predictive typing functionality customized to your writing style and language preferences
  • Tactility: High-gloss polished keys mimic the finish of the display glass, giving a consistent, polished look across the front of the device
  • Security: Device security built in from the start using trusted BlackBerry security software that is updated in real time to ensure the best protection for your corporate and personal data
  • Android: 100% Android for access to all your apps and data and the entire Android ecosystem and OS updates

Some of us fondly remember their BlackBerry devices in years gone by, and while they’ve fallen well out of fashion in more recent times, the revival of BlackBerry’s rock solid infrastructure and security may well find welcome, especially when coupled with a modern, good looking device that’s durable, functional, and runs the most popular mobile OS on the planet.

Very few have been given hands-on time with the prototype at CES, and it’s unlikely we’ll get to see or use it up close, but die-hard fans will be able to get a lot more detail in six weeks or so …


See the rest of Ausdroid's CES 2017 coverage here.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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