TCL executive teases BlackBerry Mercury’s QWERTY keyboard

Could you go back to a physical smartphone keyboard?

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In a tweet from Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager of TCL, teased a four-second clip of the BlackBerry Mercury’s QWERTY keyboard. Having entered into a licensing agreement, TCL is to design, manufacture, promote and sell future BlackBerry models, one of which is due to be announced at CES this week. BlackBerry will be responsible for development of software and services.

Previously, the executive referred to an old Remington typewriter, which supposedly was the first to offer the Shift key. While that got many to think how BlackBerry would revolutionise the QWERTY, the teaser has confirmed it.

The video shows an appealing keyboard that retains the trademark finish BlackBerry is known to offer. It combines frets to offer a premium feel and although unintended, a glimpse of the Mercury’s design language is also seen at the beginning of the video.

Specifications

With TCL scheduled to hold a media event at CES this week, we will learn more about the smartphone and its keyboard. Going by previous rumours, the handset is to sport a 4.5-inch display alongside a Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor and Adreno 506 graphics. It is also likely to come with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage and a fingerprint scanner. A 3,400mAh battery should be enough to power the device throughout the day. Nothing on the camera front is confirmed and it will be interesting to see if TCL includes a USB Type-C port for charging.


As with previous BlackBerry models, we can expect this to hit the UAE market sometime soon. Following on from the DTEK50 and DTEK60, don’t be surprised if TCL introduces the device as the DTEK70, ditching the Mercury code name in the process. Are you keen on getting your hands on a QWERTY keyboard again? Let us know in the comments below.