BlackBerry 'Mercury' hands-on: Riding into 2017 on a phone with no name

Though it doesn't actually have an official name, the Mercury is real — and TCL is hoping its the first step in rebuilding the BlackBerry brand for smartphones.

The BlackBerry brand continues to get much-needed TLC from its new owner TCL.

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Under the new direction of TCL, BlackBerry's smartphone business is poised for a relative revival. It's no big revelation to say that BlackBerry's market share and mind share are nowhere near what they were in its prime, but at CES 2017 BlackBerry is hoping to kickstart a new direction by announcing a new phone.

And even though the company won't actually tell us the specs, price, features, launch date or even the official name, many will recognize this smartphone as the rumored BlackBerry "Mercury." So in lieu of a proper name, that's what we're calling it. The Mercury is real, that much has been established now — it's a solid metal phone that fits the overall size mold of a modern slab smartphone, but manages to fit in a full hardware keyboard on the bottom without a Priv-like slider.

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