Blackberry has released a teaser of its forthcoming smartphone ahead of this year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2017).
Codenamed 'Mercury', the device features Blackberry’s trademark physical QWERTY keyboard, and is supposedly the last in-house designed smartphone before the once iconic brand outsources production to Chinese manufacturer TCL.
Behind closed doors at a suite in a Las Vegas hotel, TCL provided a glimpse at a new BlackBerry smartphone that will be the first brought to market under the alliance.
"We could see there was still a very strong core of people passionate about BlackBerry," TCL chief executive Nicolas Zibell said.
The company, however, has refrained from providing any details regarding the new smartphone or its possible pricing. Meanwhile, videos showcasing the device provide insight as to what potential buyers should expect.
Is this what BlackBerry's 'Mercury' looks like?
Here's what we know of the device so far:
The device, which also features a fingerprint sensor, runs on Google’s latest Android operating software, 7.0 Nougat, making it compatible with millions of apps on Google PlayStore.
With a USB type C port, the phone also includes additional security and business focused software provided by Blackberry.
The company plans to release more information on the new phone at the Mobile World Congress next month.
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