BlackBerry Passport Price Reduced In US

#Blackberry #BlackberryPassport – BlackBerry Passport Price Reduced In US : BlackBerry has cut down the prices of its Passport and Passport Silver Edition smartphones by $120, albeit for a short while. The offer ends in 48 hours and customers from many countries like the U.S. Canada and UK can avail the discount.

This is not the first time BlackBerry has slashed the prices of its smartphones. The company had lowered the prices of the Passport during Black Friday as well in November 2016. Similarly, the company had given a 20 percent discount on the Passport in March 2016.

To rejog your memory, the BlackBerry Passport has a 4.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 1440 pixels. It has multi-touch support of up to 10 fingers and the screen is protected by corning Gorilla Glass 3.

“The BlackBerry® Passport has a large square touch screen that provides an amazing viewing and reading experience, giving you wider vision that unleashes your capabilities. It is designed for a better web browsing, reading, apps, editing and maps experience,” says BlackBerry.

The new touch keyboard is strategically placed in a bid to ease typing. Since the keyboard is touch capacitive, it allows many actions like scrolling the web and flicking to type.

The phone comes in two colors – the regular black version and the Silver Edition. Although the specs remain the same, the Silver Edition has a stainless steel body to lend the smartphone a stylish look.

Specs And Features

The smartphone has a primary camera of 13MP, with autofocus, OIS and LED flash. The secondary shooter is 2MP.

It runs on BlackBerry OS 10.3 and is upgradable to version 10.3.2. The phone has a Qualcomm MSM8974AA Snapdragon 801 processor powering it and RAM of 3 GB. The native internal storage is 32 GB, which can be expandable up to 256 GB via a microSD card.

The BlackBerry Passport also boasts of a 3450 mAh battery that offers support of up to 30 hours.

Price

The BlackBerry Passport smartphone is supported on AT&T and T-Mobile. However, it is not compatible with Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.

The Passport’s black variant is being sold in the U.S. for $229 (instead of $349) and the Silver Edition now costs $279 instead of $399.

Customers in Canada can also avail the limited period discounts as the black and Silver Edition variants of the Passport are being sold at CAD 304 and CAD 369, respectively, instead of the original prices of CAD 449 and CAD 499.

The current offer from BlackBerry is a limited period one so hurry before the deal expires!

Source : techtimes

BlackBerry Mercury MWC 2017 Appearance Is Now Official

#BlackberryMercury #MWC2017 – BlackBerry Mercury MWC 2017 Appearance Is Now Official : The BlackBerry Mercury, also known as the BlackBerry DTEK70, has been shown off at the CES 2017 event. However, not a lot of details has been shared and it kept fans hanging as to when the phone will be showcased once again. Now, the rumor about the BB Mercury’s MWC appearance has been made official.

BlackBerry Mercury Will Be On The MWC 2017 Event

BlackBerry Mobile has finally shared the teaser that confirms the BlackBerry Mercury’s participation at the upcoming Mobile World Congress event. Nevertheless, the “Mercury” or the “DTEK70” names are still unofficial and can change during official launch. But as per the teaser tweet, the keyboard-sporting BB phone will be showcased February 25. This event will hopefully provide answers as to what the new BlackBerry phone has to offer as a smartphone.

It’s worth noting that at the CES 2017, attendees were able to get their hands on the pre-production BB Mercury unit. Android Authority says they were able to get a feel of the phone before TCL and BlackBerry finish it up. The source says that the phone’s software may not be entirely finished, but the hardware was quite impressive.

BlackBerry Mercury: What’s Known So Far

It’s worth mentioning that the new BlackBerry phone is no longer produced by BlackBerry. A company named TCL is now the licensed owner of the brand but BlackBerry itself is still semi-part of the engineering and designing of the phone. As per Trusted Reviews, the BlackBerry Mercury is the last model that was engineered in-house by BlackBerry. Do note that the company has officially quit its smartphone ambitions last year. However, the brand itself is licensed to operate forever. With that, TCL bought the licensing rights to the BlackBerry brand and this company can now legally sell phones under that popular name.

As for the BlackBerry Mercury’s specs, the phone will run Android Nougat from the box and will come with 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage and a 3400 mAh battery, at least as per different online sources. As for the processor, the BlackBerry Mercury could be powered by Snapdragon 635. It could then sport an 18 MP/8 MP camera combo and a 3.5 mm jack. This, of course, goes without saying that the BlackBerry Mercury will come with a QWERTY keyboard and a 4.5-inch screen as what its readers online suggest.

Source : iTechpost

Screenshot of Nougat-powered BlackBerry Mercury leaks

#Blackberry #BlackberryMercury – Screenshot of Nougat-powered BlackBerry Mercury leaks : Reports about the upcoming smartphone from Blackberry, that’s supposedly in production is leaked again. The screenshot of the phone’s home screen apparently confirms the operating system to be Google’s latest operating system Android Nougat v7.0.

The image was shared on Twitter by one of its users Roland Quant, where in his tweet, he confirmed the news. The tweet which can be found here, also reveals the model number alongside revealing the resolution of the phone too.

 

Diving into the details, the leaked image is seen having a stock image of Android Nougat OS also receiving an update that can be seen at the notifications bar at the top of the phone.

The phone is also reportedly seen using an LTE connection. In the tweet, the phone resolution was also revealed to be 1620 pixels by 1080 pixels with a pixel density of 420ppi.

The news was eventually picked up by GSMArena who then went into more details discussing about the likely possibilities in terms of processor chips and also hinting about the exclusivity for those living in the USA. The tipster also doubted about its potential release to the Indonesian markets. Blackberry Mercury will have a QWERTY physical keyboard as reported earlier.

Another report, from Androidheadlines has detailed about everything that’s developed about the phone so far thanks to numerous reports about the device throughout the year. So far, as predicted by various websites the phone will have a 4.5-inch display with a battery large enough to provide about two days of usage.

The phone will also be powered by a Snapdragon SoC with reports hinting the latest Snapdragon 821 to be present in the phone. Per rumours, the phone will be exclusive to American carrier Verizon. The phone is expected to be released into the markets sometime around Q3 or Q4 this year with a uniquely designed fingerprint sensor that’s integrated directly into the spacebar key.

Source : Latinpost

BlackBerry Mercury News & Update: CES Appearance Only A Preview, Launch Set At MWC 2017

#BlackberryMercury #CES2017 – BlackBerry Mercury News & Update: CES Appearance Only A Preview, Launch Set At MWC 2017 : BlackBerry has recently previewed its newest smartphone at CES 2017. Everyone was waiting for the smartphone to launch at the biggest tech event but it seems the wait would be extended a little longer. The company has decided to extend the launching of the product at MWC next month and only the preview would be shown now.

During a certain press release by TCT, the company revealed that the first smartphone this year is the BlackBerry Mercury, which is entirely focused on security, productivity and reliability it could bring to the users.

What Would The Phone Feature?

The smartphone would have preinstalled Android 7.0 Nougat and would feature USB Type-C port for faster charging and also would provide faster data transfers. The most important feature would be the keyboard itself that has capacitive touch capabilities for scrolling. The spacebar consists of the built-in fingerprint sensor to unlock the smartphone screen. It has totally metallic body, which makes the phone looks ravishing and beautiful.

BlackBerry have not revealed all the features of the smartphone and have just given the CES guests a chance to have a hands-on time with it. All the major specifications will be unveiled at the MWC 2017 next month.

BlackBerry’s Return To QWERTY

Blackberry fans would definitely love this smartphone as they would witness the return of the QWERTY keypad after the launch of the full-screen DTEK60. The keypad has an amazing finish as expected from the company and also provides very smooth touch function to the users. BlackBerry has stopped making the smartphones and has tied up TCL to launch brand smartphones. TCL is trying its best to make BlackBerry to compete with all the new upcoming smartphones in the corporate market. All eyes would be on the upcoming Mobile World Congress next month, waiting eagerly to finally launch the product and have an amazing experience altogether.

Source : itechpost

TCL executive sends out 4 second video showing the QWERTY on the BlackBerry Mercury

#BlackberryMercury #TCL – TCL executive sends out 4 second video showing the QWERTY on the BlackBerry Mercury : Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication, sent out a tweet yesterday that included four seconds of video showing the QWERTY on the upcoming BlackBerry ‘Mercury.’ BlackBerry and TCL entered into a licensing agreement that calls for TCL to design, manufacture, promote, distribute, sell and support future BlackBerry models. BlackBerry is now focusing on software and services.

Last month, the TCL executive cited an old Remington typewriter that was apparently the first to offer a ‘shift’ key, in order to promote the Mercury’s appearance at CES. We took that to mean that the new phone will have a game changing physical QWERTY keyboard. And now comes today’s 4-second video teaser that shows a fabulous looking QWERTY keyboards with frets.

TCL will be holding a media event at CES this week, and that should allow us to hear all about the new phone and the physical QWERTY. The handset is rumored to feature a 4.5-inch display, powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset which contains an octa-core CPU, and the Adreno 506 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native storage. A 3400mAh battery should provide long battery life, and a fingerprint scanner is included. Android 7.0 is pre-installed. The final name of the phone could be something other than BlackBerry Mercury since that title was reportedly just a code name.

The phone is supposed to be coming to (at the least) Verizon, and the QWERTY on some renders of the handset seem to match perfectly with the keyboard on the video that TCL’s Cistulli tweeted on Monday. Speaking of the QWERTY, check it out yourself by clicking on the video at the top of this story.

source: phonearena

Renders of BlackBerry Mercury (DTEK70) Show Stunning Design

#BlackbeeryMercury #DTEK70 – Renders of BlackBerry Mercury (DTEK70) Show Stunning Design : BlackBerry already announced two smartphones in the DTEK line this year, the DTEK50 and DTEK60, which offer sleek design and enhanced security capabilities. However, BlackBerry is still expected to announce another phone in the line, the DTEK70, codenamed Mercury.

The DTEK70 will be the last smartphone that BlackBerry releases by itself, as the company has recently announced that it’s selling its business arm to TCL, the owner of Alcatel-branded phones. The DTEK70 brings a change in design and a return to the element that has made BlackBerry phones popular, the physical QWERTY keyboard.

Renders spotted by GizmoChina show that the phone will be coming with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the space bar. The sensor could also be used for unlocking access to apps and personal information, while its location is quite convenient and doesn’t require users to change their hand position.

DTEK70, codenamed Mercury, might have a 4.5-inch screen

Seeing how the QWERTY keyboard takes some space on the front panel, the phone’s display might measure just 4.5 inches, compared to the 5.5-inch AMOLED screen on the DTEK60. The smartphone is also said to come with a curved screen, to make it more appealing and enhance user experience, but it remains to be seen if BlackBerry will actually go with such a design.

Rumors say that the DTEK70 or BlackBerry Mercury might run the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and draw power from a highly-capable battery, which is said to last up to two days. Some reports show that the smartphone might have 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, but take this information with a grain of salt, as the final spec-sheet could be quite different.

The DTEK60 was announced back in October and it came with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM, with 32GB of internal storage. Camera capacity was quite impressive at 21MP and 8MP in the front. Source : Softpedia

Blackberry DTEK70 Release Date, Price & Specs: Blackberry and TCL Unveiling in CES 2017

#Blackberry #DTEK70 – Blackberry DTEK70 Release Date, Price & Specs: Blackberry and TCL Unveiling in CES 2017 : A few months ago, Blackberry announced that it will no longer make its own brand of phones. However, this does not mean that it is already out of the running in the smartphone market. In fact, a few months after the announcement, it then made public its partnership with TCL.

This partnership brought forth new handsets like the DTEK50 and DTEK60. Although the phones were mildly received by the consumers, the reviews were somewhat passable in the end. Now, a recent tweet from TCL’s president and general manager, Steve Cistulli, hints of an impending product release.

According to the post, TCL and Blackberry will be unveiling a product during next year’s CES or the Consumer Electronics Show. This led many to believe that the product in question is the new smartphone dubbed as the DTEK70.

The DTEK70, otherwise known as Mercury, will sport the keypads that made the Blackberry phones famous. It will be based on the Android operating system instead of the original Blackberry OS. The phone will be marked as a mid-range device featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 running at 2GHz.

The reason for the subpar specs is the previous qualms expressed by consumers on Blackberry phone pricing. According to John Chen, Blackberry’s CEO, most enterprise customers wanting to buy a Blackberry are somewhat deterred by the phone’s price. Previous Blackberry smartphones like the Priv, costs around $700. Most of its customers need a Blackberry phone which is something to the tune of $400.

Because of this, Blackberry downgraded the specs for the rumored DTEK70 smartphone. Instead of going all out with the Snapdragon 821s of the market, it settled with a far cheaper and inferior processor. This brought down the price of the phone by a considerable margin. Rumor has it that the DTEK70 will retail for $450 on release.

For now, the phone is known as the DTEK70. Others, however, call it Mercury. There are still no clarifications on what the new Blackberry phone will be called. However, the wait is almost over as CES 2017 looms near. Source: Thebitbag

BlackBerry Is Dead And TCL Is Ready To Take Over

#Blackberry #TCL – BlackBerry Is Dead And TCL Is Ready To Take Over : Both BlackBerry DTEK50 and DTEK60 were made officially by Alcatel. Now the two companies are just making things official and known by the public. BlackBerry and Alcatel parent company TCL has announced the signing of a deal that fully brings a chapter in BlackBerry’s history to a close.

The Creative Life Of TCL

TCL Corporation (TCL stands for The Creative Life) is a Chinese multinational electronics company headquartered in Huizhou, Guangdong Province. It designs, develops, manufactures and sells products including television sets, mobile phones, air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators and small electrical appliances. In 2010 the company was considered as the world’s 25th largest consumer electronics producer. In 2013, it was the third largest television producer by market share.

TCL comprises three listed companies: TCL Corporation which is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, Ltd. and TCL Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd. which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The company as of April 2012 is in its venture with Swedish furniture giant IKEA to provide the consumer electronics behind the Uppleva integrated HDTV and entertainment system product.

BlackBerry Hands Its Brand To TCL

According to SlashGear, BlackBerry will simply be licensing its software and brand to TCL, who will the design, make and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones, which pretty much makes it the exclusive BlackBerry hardware partner. What remains of BlackBerry Limited will assist in software and services.

“At TCL Communication, we are committed to creating the best portfolio solutions, while ensuring the quality support to consumers and enterprise users who trust the integrity of the BlackBerry device and the brand’s security leadership, coupled with the Android platform,” said Nicolas Zibell, CEO of TCL Communication. “Together with BlackBerry’s smartphone software platform, this partnership will strengthen our position in the global mobile market.”

There are a few exceptions, though, as reported by TNW. The deal isn’t valid in India and Indonesia, where BlackBerry has agreements with local manufacturers, and there’s still a lot of enthusiasm for the BlackBerry brand. It also doesn’t cover Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

“This agreement with TCL Communication represents a key step in our strategy to focus on putting the ‘smart in the phone’ by providing state-of-the-art security and device software on a platform that mobile users prefer and are comfortable with,” said Ralph Pini, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry. “TCL Communication is the natural choice to license BlackBerry’s software and brand on a global scale. We successfully partnered with them on the DTEK series of secure smartphones and we’ve been impressed with their excellence in hardware design,” he added. Source : iTechpost

Blackberry Smartphone Will Still Get Physical

#Blackberry #Smartphone – Blackberry Smartphone Will Still Get Physical : One of the reasons why the Blackberry had such a huge following in the past was because of the QWERTY physical keyboard that their devices are fitted with. They continued to offer it on the Priv and it looks like their final smartphone will also be sporting a physical QWERTY keyboard as well.

Blackberry have not revealed what the next Blackberry smartphone is going to be all about but thanks to Crackberry, we now know how the device would look like when it arrives. The images were spotted on Weibo and it is clear that there is going to be a QWERTY keyboard at the bottom of the device.

Unlike the Priv, this will not be a sliding keyboard. The rest of the device is similar to what the Blackberry Priv has to offer.

The device will be running on Android and it will be the last smartphone build by Blackberry. There will still be more Blackberry smartphone in the future but they will no longer be making them.

Blackberry Mercury To Have A Full Qwerty Keypad And An 18MP Camera

#Blackberry #BlackberryMercury – Blackberry Mercury To Have A Full Qwerty Keypad And An 18MP Camera : The DTEK 50 and DTEK 60 are BlackBerry’s last two devices that might have been rebadged versions of Alcatel devices. The upcoming Canadian-based multinational wireless telecommunications software and mobile hardware company smartphone named as ‘Mercury’ will be made by Blackberry themselves.

Rumors suggest that it might be the last piece of hardware it will make. The leaked images don’t tell us much about the device other than the fact that the BlackBerry Mercury will feature a physical QWERTY keyboard.

Blackberry Mercury Specification

BlackBerry Mercury was earlier spotted on benchmarking website, Geekbench back in October with the model number BlackBerry BBB100-1. The benchmark showed the phone to be running on a 2GHz Octa-core Qualcomm processor and featuring Android 7.0 Nougat OS. The phone comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone got 913 on the single-core score and 5046 on the multi-core score.

Blackberry Mercury To Have A Full Qwerty Keypad And An 18MP Camera

According to Indian Express, back in November, BlackBerry CEO John Chen had confirmed that the company was working on an Android device with a physical keyboard – something that has been missing in both the DTEK devices that were launched recently with the BlackBerry name.

A new BlackBerry Qwerty smartphone leak is making its rounds on the Internet. As a matter of fact, rumors regarding the said smartphone has been around since June of 2016 and later confirmed by the company’s CEO John Chen. In this case, people can now feast their eyes upon the upcoming mobile phone that is now made by BlackBerry themselves.

BLACKBERRY QWERTY SMARTPHONE: THE MERCURY

Compared to BlackBerry’s previous devices such as the DTEK 60 and DTEK 50 that are rebadged versions of Alcatel devices, Mercury is a true BlackBerry. However, the images don’t tell much information about the device. One thing is for sure, the BlackBerry Mercury will feature a physical QWERTY keyboard.