TCL President tweets a photo of the BlackBerry Mercury


We’ve seen the BlackBerry Mercury (or whatever its real name will eventually turn out to be) a lot by now. BlackBerry has even given us a deep look at its exterior without actually formally announcing the thing.

And today, TCL — the company making BlackBerry-branded devices now — is getting deeper with the tease. Here’s a photo of it sitting next to some FCB apparel, a sure sign that they’re all packed and ready to go for a formal announcement at Mobile World Congress.

The BlackBerry Mercury is the first Android-based throwback to BlackBerry’s exposed keyboard design. We’d gotten the PRIV before so it’s not the first keyboard phone, but that keyboard was stowed beneath the display.

We still don’t have much in the way of official info on its innards, but early rumors suggested it was going to be more of a mid-range device like the DTEK50 was. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, so long as the software is specially built to be smooth and optimized for whatever circuitry lies inside. We’ll learn more in the days to come.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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