TCL, the company who now manufacture BlackBerry smartphones, has finally teased a new BlackBerry smartphone with a physical keyboard codenamed as Mercury at CES 2017. Though, the company will reveal the exact name, pricing and availability at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 to be held in February, but it is now confirmed that the company has no plans for India launch.
According to Gadgets 360, the company has confirmed that the upcoming smartphone will not be made available in India. This is due to the terms and condition of the licensing deal signed between the two companies which give TCL exclusive rights to sell the future BlackBerry products around the globe except for India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia. It is reported that BlackBerry is working on a deal with an Indian company, however, there aren’t much details available on this development.
The recently-unveiled BlackBerry device by TCL has become the talk of the town as it comes with BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keypad. The smartphone sports a metal design coupled with a 4.5-inch display and is in a ratio of 3:2 to the QWERTY keypad. The keypad is touted to be touch sensitive and is covered with a glossy like finish. The smartphone also comes with a fingerprint scanner which is embedded into the spacebar.
However, the company has not revealed any specifications but multiple reports suggests that the device is powered by a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, Adreno 506 GPU, 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. In the camera department, it features an 18-megapixel camera at both front and back.