A newly-leaked BlackBerry Mercury screenshot seems to confirm that the smartphone will run Android Nougat out of the box and sport a 1,620 x 1,080 pixel resolution.
The resolution is not a typo, it's actually not a full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels but it should nonetheless be pretty sharp for the smartphone's mid-sized display.
For those unfamiliar with BlackBerry Mercury rumors, the smartphone is expected to rock a full QWERTY keyboard and a touch display of 4.5 inches. The handset is reportedly the result of a collaboration between BlackBerry and TCL and could make its debut as soon as next week, at the CES 2017 trade show.
BlackBerry Mercury Screenshot
Serial tipster Roland Quandt has now leaked a screenshot online, purportedly showing Android 7.0 Nougat running on the unannounced BlackBerry Mercury. The tipster also notes the 1,620 x 1,080 resolution, mentioning that it translates to a pixel density of 420 ppi.
The resolution and pixel density, in turn, seem to confirm earlier rumors that the BlackBerry Mercury would feature a 4.5-inch display. The screenshot doesn't show any on-screen buttons, which indicates that the smartphone will indeed come with a full QWERTY keyboard just below the display.
The new leak, however, doesn't fully fall in line with another recent leak that surfaced last week, allegedly showing the BlackBerry Mercury with the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard, Android 7.0 Nougat on board, and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the space bar. While the new leak doesn't show the physical keyboard at all, it does hint that it's there. On the other hand, the previous leak also claimed the BlackBerry Mercury would have a curved-edge display with a QHD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.
BlackBerry Mercury Rumored Specs
Other rumored BlackBerry Mercury specs include an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of native storage, and a 3,400 mAh battery that should offer a decent performance considering the rumored screen size.
Recent rumors also indicated that the BlackBerry Mercury might launch in the United States as an exclusive to Verizon Wireless, but the smartphone will likely be available unlocked as well. Carrier exclusivity doesn't necessarily mean that consumers can't purchase the device outright, unlocked, at full retail price, for use on whatever compatible network they prefer.
Lastly, it's worth mentioning that "Mercury" could only be a codename, which means that the smartphone could have a different name once it hits the market. With no official word from BlackBerry yet, however, take all leaks with a grain of salt.