Complete specs and details for the Mercury are expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in late February. But a few pieces of information have trickled out in the tech press.
According to Wired, the QWERTY keyboard will have capacitive touch functionalities, meaning it can act like a touchpad that allows one to scroll through menus. It features a USB-C charging port, a version of Blackberry Messenger, and will run on Android Nougat, currently the latest version of the Android OS. It will be initially available in North America and Europe in early 2017 but a wider release has not been ruled out.
TechCrunch also confirmed that it packs 32GB of memory and will feature either a Qualcomm or Mediatek processor.
This news comes as another legacy brand moves from producing its own phones to licensing its brand to other manufacturers.
Finland's Nokia, formerly the king of mobile phones, failed to capitalize on the shift to smartphones; now its phone business is alive thanks to a licensing partnership with HMD Global. (Read: Nokia Android smartphone officially unveiled) – Rappler.com