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BlackBerry 'Mercury' brings back the QWERTY keyboard

The next BlackBerry phone revives a trademark feature.

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BlackBerry "Mercury" may only be a rumored name, but the phone is real enough for us to have seen it at CES 2017.

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Or at least a phone being called "Mercury". Here's what we know.

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We know for sure that this preproduction model is made of aluminum.

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And that it has a headphone jack...

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...with a QWERTY keyboard...

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...Android 7.0 Nougat software...

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...and a grippy back with no removable parts.

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The BlackBerry logo means there's plenty of specialized software like the BlackBerry Hub.

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And that signature keyboard can take all your typing...

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...as well as swipes to move left, right, up and down.

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Check out more angles in the next several slides.

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