BlackBerry is expected to receive network carriage for its upcoming phone. It’ll be manufactured by TCL and is most likely to be the third DTEK-branded device.
The phone is codenamed “Mercury” and is going to be available in the US. It will have an unlocked GSM variant, as well as a variant for Verizon bands. The “BBB100” is designed by BlackBerry, which does explain what CEO John Chen said last month about releasing one last device that includes a physical keyboard on it.
The last phone that was made in-house by BlackBerry was the Priv, and it spread many rumors between US carriers. BlackBerry and its retail partners would most likely have dealt with their newer DTEK50 and DTEK60 devices.
Quandt and benchmarks have confirmed that the phone has a display of 1080 x 1620, or has a ratio of 2:3 when the phone is vertical. According to renders and leaks, the phone is said to have an intractable keyboard. This means, that for dimensional development, the screen would have to shrink in size.
It’s expected that the Mercury will be named the DTEK70 and it will probably be unveiled at CES 2017 next month.