BlackBerry may get network carriage for what’s expected to be its third DTEK-branded phone to be manufactured by TCL.
Leaks man Roland Quandt tweeted that the device, so far as we know it to be codenamed “Mercury,” is indeed headed to the United States in an unlocked GSM form as well as a variant for Verizon bands. He also says that the “BBB100” is designed by BlackBerry, which accounts for CEO John Chen’s desire to put out at least one more device with a physical keyboard on it.
The Priv was BlackBerry’s last phone made in-house and to have widely spread among carriers, especially in the US. The newer DTEK50 and DTEK60 phones were mostly dealt from BlackBerry and its partner retailers.
Benchmarks have shown and Quandt can confirm that the phone’s display does have a resolution of 1080 x 1620 or 2:3 in the phone’s vertical orientation. Renders and leaks have portrayed the phone to have an intractible keyboard, so it’s expected that for dimensional considerations, the screen has to shrink in real estate.
The Mercury is expected to arrive at market as the DTEK70 and will likely be revealed at CES 2017.