So, after months of teasing, hoping, excitement, some had doubt, some (like me) always had faith... and finally it's confirmed.
The Blackberry, still code-named 'Mercury', has been confirmed and teased.
While exact specs aren't out there yet, there has been geekbench tests spotted, and it does more than OK for 'non gamer' phone users. IRC people expect a Snapdragon 821 (or was that 825?) whichever is the "most energy efficient" of the current Gen; 3500+mah battery, and 3GB of Ram.
It's all guesses, but they're from sources who are seldom wrong in the BB scene.
Without further delay;
And there are plenty more to be had in the Hands On teaser.
So, this wouldn't be a post by me without some sort of personal opinion, would it? :P
I'll start with the obvious CON's because while I'm an optimist, I can see the critics already:
- Odd shape, means black bars in videos, or cropping.
- Much thicker than most phones.
- Lost screen realestate
- dedicated 'android' buttons?!
To counter those,
- I don't watch video on my phone, on the odd occasion I do, It's comedy youtube stuff where 'cinematic brilliance' isn't of concern.
- Its thicker for the (supposed) 3500mah+ battery; In a recent discussion with a lot of people (here & reddit included), most people agreed phones are too thin to be comfortable to hold anyway.
- As I use my phone 90% as a communication device, the 'lost real estate' is usually lost ANYWAY to an OSK, so a physical doing the job isn't much different. (except in the use; *swoon*)
And I can't defend the button choice. It was probably driven by screen size\dimensions. They had to fill that gap with something.
I guess it does make sure the whole display is interactive, as opposed to when Android has the on screen buttons, and you can't use the last 7mm of the display...... Eh, a small quibble I think.
At the end of the day, this isn't going to be for everyone.
It'll be for the people who type on the phone. Literally.
If I had a dollar for every user who's recently exclaimed about their phone keyboard, or had to send me a message twice because the first had a typo, I'd have probably $100 this month alone.
So, as my friend group get older, and end up using their phones for emails and facebook messages more than pictures of food, and cat videos, I can see this appealing more and more.
I think it'll do better than people expect.
Not as well as I'd like....
But better than last time.
Full Android N, a 'convenience button' on the side (most will use for camera, I assume, or dictaphone, or Push-To-Talk (which is still used on corporate sites believe it or not.....).
With that carbon back, we're going to see decent reception I bet ya.
Well, I'm excited for it anyway.....
Edited by Master_Scythe, 09 January 2017 - 01:43 PM.