BlackBerry smartphone with physical keyboard is in works, CEO Confirms


Recently in a TV interview, John Chen, BlackBerry CEO confirmed that Blackberry is infact working on a Smartphone with a physical keyboard. The physical QWERTY keyboard is missing in Blackberry’s latest handsets like DTEK50 and DTEK60.

However, no further details were leaked by the company’s CEO. He even did not mention whether the handset will be a slider like Blackberry Priv or not.


The handset bringing back the physical QWERTY keyboard, one of the classical BlackBerry designs might be codenamed, Mercury. The device is expected to feature a 4.5-inch Full HD display with 3:2 aspect ratios. Being powered by an octa-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 2GHz along with 3GB of RAM, the device will run on Android 7.0 Nougat. Being backed by a 3400 mAh battery, the handset will offer an internal storage of 32GB. The device will also carry an 8MP front camera and an 18MP rear camera.

However, just like the earlier models, DTEK50 and DTEK60, Mercury will also be a device that is not created by Blackberry itself but by a partner, Alcatel parent company, TCL.

Blackberry Mercury Specifications

  • 4.5-inch Full HD display
  • Physical QWERTY keyboard
  • Octa-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 2 GHz
  • 3GB RAM
  • Android 7.0 Nougat OS
  • 3400 mAh battery
  • 32GB ROM
  • 8MP front camera
  • 18MP rear camera