The device is set to run the Android operating system, but like traditional BlackBerry smartphones it will come with a physical QWERTY keypad.
Insiders believe that it will be launched in the first half of 2017 and could well be the final ever BlackBerry to come with a keyboard, since this design has long since faded out of popularity.
In terms of specifications, the phone will pack a modern multicore chipset from Qualcomm clocked at 2.0GHz, a solid 3GB of RAM and standard storage space of 32GB, according to GSM Arena.
The presence of the keyboard means that the display will have a 3:2 aspect ratio, setting it apart from the usual widescreen setup that most modern mobiles adopt.
Fans of BlackBerry have always argued that a physical keyboard makes it easier to type quickly and with greater accuracy. But improvements to autocorrect have meant that typing on a touchscreen is hardly a chore and as a result, the Mercury could appeal to a fairly small niche in the marke