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BlackBerry fans, the time has come for the launch of the next chapter of BlackBerry phones: the device known as "Mercury." BlackBerry Mobile used a tweet to announce February 25 as the announcement date, which puts it right at the beginning of Mobile World Congress, a huge tech show that overtakes Barcelona each year.
We got a good look at a prefinal version of the Mercury earlier this month, and some time typing on its physical keyboard, a BlackBerry hallmark from way back.
With the Mercury, the BlackBerry brand faces an uphill battle as all but its most stalwart fans have turned to other phones. Now it's up to Tcl, a Chinese company that licenses the BlackBerry name -- and also operates the Alcatel brand -- to make and distribute the BlackBerry hardware.
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BlackBerry itself remains as a software entity that works with TCL to add its distinct custom layer over Android software.
But that brand is taking a different tack. Although the first Nokia phone of this generation will also run on Android, the Nokia 6 is very much a low-cost phone, a foil to the BlackBerry Mercury's high-end ambitions. It'll be interesting to see which of the two resonates better with buyers when they both hit store shelves.