It’s official: BlackBerry will show off its QWERTY keyboard-sporting ‘Mercury‘ smartphone on February 25, right at the beginning of MWC 2017. We knew we’d learn more about the ‘Mercury’ at MWC this year, but up until now, we were unaware of an exact date. The news was announced in a teaser tweet, which you can find attached below:

We were able to go hands-on with a very early pre-production unit at CES 2017, which allowed us to get a good feel for the phone before BlackBerry and TCL put the finishing touches on it. While the software on the phone wasn’t nearly finished, the hardware felt extremely solid in the hand and really impressed us during our short hands-on time.

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With a QWERTY keyboard in tow, BlackBerry is seemingly pulling out all the stops with the ‘Mercury’. It’ll sport a fingerprint sensor embedded in the phone’s physical space bar, USB Type-C connectivity, and you can also take advantage of gestures on the keyboard to swipe through menus on the phone. And since this is BlackBerry, the ‘Mercury’ will be geared toward enterprise customers, but will also be sold unlocked for other consumers.

What are your thoughts on the ‘Mercury’? Are you excited for another physical keyboard-toting smartphone, or are you all-in with virtual keyboards? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Nirave Gondhia
Nirave is one of the Managing Editors and a fan of travel. He's worked in technology for over ten years (including stints at two carriers in the UK) and reported on it for nearly nine years. In my spare time, A big football (soccer to those over the pond) fan and avid supporter of Man United for over 20 years, he reads a lot, loves a cocktails and blogs about travel.