BlackBerry Mercury smartphone will be available from Verizon in the United States. This was revealed by well known tipster Roland Quandt in a tweet late last week. The company has partnered with TCL to release two Android phones under the BlackBerry brand name — the DTEK50 and DTEK60 — with related software features.

Mercury, BBB100, and DTEK70 — and it does in fact appear to offer a physical keyboard. Its design — an enclosure made entirely of aluminum, reportedly — is very similar to the BlackBerry Passport, except that it’s rectangular instead of square. The device is rumored to feature the Snapdragon 821 chip, a 4.5-inch display, and a resolution of 1,680 x 1,080-pixels. The phone is said to be powered by a Snapdragon 821 chipset and sport a curved display with a screen size of around 4.5-inch. It is also rumored to pack in a large battery, enough to get the handset through two days of use.

Venture Beat’s most recent report on the new BlackBerry phones suggests it won’t be the usual widescreen 16:9 ratio, but rather a 3:2 ratio display. In other words: get ready for some heavy letter-boxing on your videos.  Mercury is a lot like a traditional BlackBerry phone, then. It is expected to feature a 4.5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass, a Snapdragon 821 processor clocked at 2.02GHz, 3GB of RAM, an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

As well as having a slightly shorter display, it’s claimed to measure just 4.5-inches diagonally but still pack in a panel with full HD resolution. Given that 1080p looks great on full-size 5.5-inch screens, the smaller display on the DTEK70 should be very crisp.

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