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BlackBerry Mercury said to use same camera as Google Pixel

BlackBerry’s upcoming Mercury smartphone will reportedly use the same impressive camera as the Google Pixel, according to new rumors. The Sony-made sensor is currently the highest-rated smartphone camera on DxOMark, outperforming the Galaxy S7 series.

BlackBerry’s more recent smartphones haven’t had terrible cameras, but in comparison with the competition, they were less than spectacular. However, the new BlackBerry Mercury, built by TCL, may not have any problems in that department.

According to leakster Roland Quandt, the Mercury will feature exactly the same rear-facing camera as the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. That’s a Sony IMX378 with a 12-megapixel sensor capable of shooting super-sharp 4K video with impressive low-light performance.

The experts at DxOMark recently gave the Pixel’s camera a rating of 89 points. That makes it the highest-rating smartphone camera they’ve ever tested, with one point more than the Galaxy S7, the HTC 10, and the Sony Xperia X Performance.

That would obviously mean it’s also the best camera BlackBerry has ever shipped on a phone, which is sure to please potential Mercury buyers. In comparison, the BlackBerry Priv achieved a score of 82 in DxOMark’s tests.

The Mercury’s front-facing camera is expected to be either a Samsung S5K4H8 or an Omnivision OV8856 — both of which boast 8-megapixel sensors with a 1.12μm pixel size, and 1080p video recording at 30 frames-per-second.

BlackBerry still hasn’t confirmed the rest of the specifications for the Mercury, or told us when it will be available. However, the company is holding an event at Mobile World Congress on February 25, so we should find out more then.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...