BlackBerry’s Mercury smartphone to include the same camera sensor as the Pixel

BlackBerry Mercury

When BlackBerry and TCL teased that Mercury, their next joint project, would appear at CES 2017, most expected a full reveal of the device. Instead, what we left Las Vegas with was a promise we would learn everything there was to know about BlackBerry’s next Android smartphone at Mobile World Congress in February.

Thankfully, we don’t have to wait until the end of next month to learn more details about the upcoming device. New information courtesy of WinFuture‘s Roland Quandt provides some interesting insights about the device.

Most notably, the noted leaker says BlackBerry’s next smartphone will include an IMX378 camera sensor from Sony. The IMX378 is the same sensor Google sources for the Pixel’s excellent back-facing camera. It’s a 12-megapixel affair that’s capable of capturing 4K video.

In a subsequent tweet, Quandt reveals that BlackBerry will dual source the Mercury’s front-facing camera sensor from Samsung and Omnivision.

Last but not least, Quandt confirms Mercury will ship with a mid-range Snapdragon 625 processor, not Qualcomm’s 2016 flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 821.

Judging from just the specs Quandt has provided, it looks like Mercury will ship with an accomplished camera package. Of course, we have to wait to get our hands on an actual device to make a final judgement; it’s important to note a lot of what made the Pixel’s camera exceptional is the software Google’s team of software engineers coded to support its hardware.

Source: Twitter Via: 9to5Google

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  • Shogun

    None of this matters because at the end of the day this device will not sell in any numbers to generate a meaningful profit for TCL. Furthermore, I would give this partnership about a year to go before it implodes and they come to realize they are trying to sell something that BB itself couldn’t sell and that few people want.

    • Techguru86

      Go troll somewhere else lol Mercury is going to be an interesting device for 2017, and if it’s priced right which the 50 and 60 have been, and adding a Pixel camera, all the better for them.

    • Chug that haterade

      Unfortunately, he has no place else to be

    • Techguru86

      bbry devices finally have good hardware to match the software, prices are where they should be, yet people continue to complain, go whine to Apple who have been releasing the same devices for almost 4 years in a row

    • Shogun

      Yeah. Prices are so great they still can’t sell any meaningful inventory. Hilarious

    • Techguru86

      People aren’t buying the latest version anymore, it’s too expensive and especially for plans

    • Shogun

      Really? I guess that’s why Apple is still selling devices in the tens of millions eh? Lol. No matter what they sell it’ll always be more than Blackberry and certainly far more profitable. No one denies Apple needs to up their game I think but Blackberry does not and never will compete against them no matter how hard you wish otherwise.

    • Techguru86

      Apple are more than likely selling more 5s,5c and 6 devices than 7 and 7 +, because they are far less expensive and they are not much better. People don’t care about upgrading to the latest version anymore, they’re too expensive to buy outright every time a new model comes out

    • Shogun

      Uh…Apple doesn’t sell or manufacture the 5S or 5C models anymore so not sure what you’re talking about.
      Look, you can dance around this all you want but it just makes you look stupid. Apple sells way more hardware than Blackberry has or ever will and that’s just the bottom line. I get a laugh out of people yammering on how iPhone sales numbers go from 48 to 45 million and how the sky is falling as a result! lol! I mean lets get serious. From an investment standpoint the market doesn’t appear to share your view with Apple stock back around $121 today and BBRY still can’t break $10.

      No one is interested in DTEKs or Mercury phones and the notion that they are going to sell that piece of junk like its 2005 again is the stuff of total delusion

    • Techguru86

      Who cares if they don’t sell millions upon millions if people like them all to them. Not everyone likes IPHONES and many won’t go back after owning one, if you think you can do a better job go work at BlackBerry lol

    • Shogun

      Truth hurt? Much? I’m simply stating the fact that iPhones sell very well and in much larger quantities than anything Blackberry sells. This is not a matter up for debate as far as I can tell otherwise you’re playing with facts, Trump style.
      As far as brand loyalty is concerned I’m afraid you are dead wrong on that point but I see that may be pointless to argue.

      What is not in question is the fact that PKB phones are DEAD. That era of device is over and done with and any company trying to push an alternative narrative is out to lunch. Selling what may add up to a 1 or 2 million of these things world wide does not equate to success or any greater acceptance of the brand, ESPECIALLY if they’re selling predominately in the second and third world for garage sale prices.

    • Chug that haterade

      Wow… sounds like someone wants a cookie. Curious how much you get in royalties for all of those iPhones sold?

      Ps. McDonald’s sells millions of cheeseburgers a year… definitely MOAR bedda

    • Techguru86

      a lot of blackberry’s selling issues are with the providers and their sales teams, they don’t know nothing about the products and are not trained well, so how can you sell a phone when you know nothing about it, I work in the field and see it all the time.

    • Chug that haterade

      Nothing like comparing Apple with an installed user base that are mainly upgrading existing devices… to BlackBerry..which has essentially started over with Android. Talk about comparing apples and oranges..

    • Rev0lver

      Another blackberry article, another batch of obsessive hatred from Shogun. He’s easily triggered.

    • Chug that haterade

      It is easy… one word

      BlackBerry = foaming mouth

    • Cowpoke Sal

      What’s a….?

    • Chug that haterade

      *yawn*

    • Shogun

      Oh yeah right. And the 50 and 60 were priced so well the company as usual had nothing to say about sales numbers in the last quarterly. Don’t be ridiculous okay

    • Rev0lver

      Just stop.

    • Chug that haterade

      So you complain about them not releasing device sales numbers… yet you complain that they supposedly keep talking about hardware. Make up your mind already… or do you just complain to hear yourself complain?

    • Chug that haterade

      No surprise you were the first one that posted here… please give us some more predictions…. like how there was no way in heck that TCL was going to let BlackBerry push out frequent software updates to the BlackBerry branded devices it was making….

    • Techguru86

      t=The software is done by Blackberry not TCL lol

    • Chug that haterade

      I know… he made a claim that “there was no way TCL devices were getting updates from BlackBerry”… and then a day later BlackBerry confirmed that they will be pushing out updates to all of their devices… made him eat his own words… it was hilarious!!

  • Jockohomo

    I wish BlackBerry the best of luck with this…but with the keyboard and somewhat odd sized screen, I just don’t see it being a big seller. Who knows? Perhaps it will start a new trend.

    • Shogun

      Yup. Just like the trend the Passport started. Lol. People today aren’t keen to give up screen real estate for physical keys. It’s not 2005 anymore

    • Chug that haterade

      Because your virtual keyboard doesn’t take up screen real estate? Smh

    • Jockohomo

      Slider keyboards are the way to go…if the Priv would have been built better, been marketed better….and possibly priced lower, who knows? It would be the best of both worlds…full touchscreen, and a physical keyboard…everybody is happy!

    • Shogun

      Meh…Slider phones were never really popular in their day and its why the design died hard and fast. What I can agree with you on however is the build quality of that piece of shjt and it just amazes me how people crow about it when the reception it got, poor sales numbers and serious issues with build quality caused for high return rates and where they still can’t see how bad it is? It’s unreal…This was easily the WORST phone Blackberry ever made save the Bold which was a bigger piece in my view.

    • Jockohomo

      I think that yes, it’s pretty safe to say it wasn’t their best effort.

    • Chug that haterade

      The Bold? Wow… you are delusional.. the Bold 9900 was one of the best legacy BlackBerry devices ever made…

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Yarp….a new trend for bulging space bars.

    • Jockohomo

      I’m in!

    • Chug that haterade

      Naaaw… ancient home buttons are where it’s at..

    • Techguru86

      remember it’s also the fingerprint sensor

  • xBURK

    Thanks for the update. My employees have been talking positively about this device for a month now. Looking forward to the release.

    • Shogun

      Oh puleeze…..Your ’employees’? Talking positively about something they haven’t even used yet? Could you be any more transparent please.

    • xBURK

      You’re the last person I would give my time to.

    • Shogun

      The feeling is mutual but please don’t pretend you ain’t shilling here okay.

      “Thanks for the update” “Looking forward to the release” “My employees have been positive…” Geesus! lol

    • Chug that haterade

      Awwww…. looks like someone is upset. Heaven forbid anyone say anything positive about a BlackBerry device…

      Ps. The feeling is mutual yet you responded to his comment… twice

    • Chug that haterade

      It is hilarious how you think you know everthing and speak for everyone… do you know what xBurk does or who his employees are? If not, keep your OPINION to yourself…

    • xBURK

      Thanks Chug. Appreciate it.

    • Chug that haterade

      I don’t know how certain posters are allowed to continue posting here. They don’t add any value to the discussion… only snarky comments and personal attacks.

    • xBURK

      Yeah, seriously some sort of illness. Just figured out how to block him. I see everyone’s comments but his now.

    • Chug that haterade

      I’ve considered blocking him but he supposedly has “blocked” me although he continues to leave comments alluding to responses I make regarding his usual nonsense.

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Aw, shucks; get a room already.

    • Chug that haterade

      Why? Will it help get rid of the riff raff here?

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Yes. I think the anticipation and excitement are steadily building to the release of this device.

  • Cowpoke Sal

    The Mercury; as unique and individual as YOU are…………..oh, wait.

    • Chug that haterade

      You mean as unique as an iPhone is?

    • Cowpoke Sal

      Not any more, Uncle Chuggy….everyone dun copied it. *sigh*

    • Chug that haterade

      Oh right… I forgot Apple invented rectangular touch slabs and icons.

    • Cowpoke Sal

      …and caulk lines.