While TCL has already committed to telling us more about their BlackBerry plans at CES 2017, that certainly has not stopped the bits and pieces about the BlackBerry 'Mercury' from popping up unofficially. The latest comes by way of Roland Quandt, some of which has been floated about before, but some of which is certainly new information, such as a possible launch of the device on Verizon.
In a stream of Tweets, Quandt notes the list of model variations for the 'Mercury' as well as claiming the device will come with a Snapdragon 625, a rumor floated about for a while now, but one he feels confident enough in confirming.
Blackberry Mercury BBB100 availability. global (BBB100-1), EMEA (BBB100-2), USA, USA/Verizon (both BBB100-3) pic.twitter.com/CTkizBppp2— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) December 24, 2016
BlackBerry "Mercury" BBB100 is coming to Verizon in the US.— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) December 24, 2016
Can confirm: Blackberry Mercury (BBB100) really has a Snapdragon 625 so battery life should be amazing if they fit in a half decent battery.— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) December 23, 2016
Here's a screenshot of Android 7.0 on the BlackBerry "Mercury" BBB100-x. 1620x1080 resolution 420dpi. pic.twitter.com/yoevL8IHc4— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) December 29, 2016
Additionally, Quandt notes the device is being built by TCL, with the design itself coming from BlackBerry, a piece of info most folks reading this have already concluded but shouldn't be left out. Now, while I don't know the source of Quandt's information, I do suggest a little bit of caution here in getting attached to the hopes of the device arriving on Verizon. BlackBerry has a habit of adding config files for a lot of carriers to their OS, even ones they have no intent on launching with, and if that's where the info is coming from, it might not be so cut and dry. Still, interesting to see ahead of CES 2017 that's for sure!