A smartphone popped up on Geekbench and according to the site, it is a BlackBerry device that is yet to be released. Have we stumbled upon a BlackBerry relic that was supposed to be released before the company called it quits or has the Canadian smartphone vendor still got some hardware juice left inside to spill?
With scores of 913 points in the single core score and 5047 points in the multi core, the handset may not be the best of the best, but it is nonetheless impressive. BlackBerry PRIV and DTEK50 couldn’t really pull BlackBerry out of the turmoil and neither will this alleged BlackBerry Mercury, but chances are that this smartphone which was being talked about earlier in the year, could eventually see light of the day. A release in January 2017 is being rumoured and why not? If you have got a few handsets manufactured and lying around in boxes, why not sell them. Right?
The model of the handset that was benchmarked is BBB100-1 and while many claim that it is the BlackBerry Mercury, we really do not have any official news backing this name. Running Android 7.0 out of the box, powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 2.02GHz, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, 4.5-inch screen capable of full HD resolution at 3:2 aspect ratio, 18-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front snapper, the alleged BlackBerry Mercury could sell a few thousand units in countries such as Indonesia and probably India.
Reports have been indicating that BlackBerry will be releasing at least three devices this year and one of them was the Mercury, which is believed to be the smartphone in the benchmark. A January 2017 release is what is speculated. Reports have also indicated that this QWERTY Android smartphone will feature a
Because details have been sparse, much is left to speculation about the handset. Chances are the this could be the first device from BlackBerry made by a third-party after the Canadian smartphone maker called it quits from the hardware manufacturing segment and decided to concentrate only on the software front. If that’s the case, the ‘BBB100-1’ will most likely be the first smartphone to be released in collaboration with Alcatel.
John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO Blackberry had said at the time, “The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners. This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.”
BlackBerry’s last two devices, the BlackBerry Priv and the DTEK50, received lukewarm response and have failed to generate adequate sales. Further, much of Blackberry’s revenue has come from software. So it appears that mercury may be next of the Android powered Blackberry devices.