BlackBerry could release a new mid-range smartphone alongside the upcoming flagship DTEK60 'Argon'. The mid-range phone, known as Mercury for now, has appeared on Geekbench, the benchmark testing website.
The Blackberry Mercury has been listed with a decent array of specs for a mid-range phone, including a 2.02GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB RAM and Android 7.0 Nougat. The official model number for the new phone is BBB100-1, whereas the DTEK60 is BBA100-1, so it confirms this new device will be targeted as a mid-range one.
The Geekbench listing doesn't confirm any other specs, but rumours are pointing to 32GB of internal storage, 4.5-inch full HD display and a 3400mAh battery, which is quite large for a mid-range device. The rear-facing camera is expected to be 18-megapixels while the front-facing should be 8MP.
It's also been said the Mercury will be the next BlackBerry device to come with a physical QWERTY keyboard, something that will no doubt please long-serving BlackBerry fans.
Neither the Mercury or the DTEK60 'Argon' will be made by BlackBerry in house since the company confirmed it was ditching its hardware division. It's likely the Mercury will be produced by TCL Corporation, which owns the Alcatel brand and is responsible for making the DTEK50 and DTEK60.
It's not known when the BlackBerry Mercury will be announced or released, but since it has appeared on Geekbench, it's making its way through the system, so hopefully it won't be long until we see more of it.