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BlackBerry Mercury Shares Same Camera Sensors as Google Pixel?

by Habeeb Onawole 3

BlackBerry has a new phone codenamed Mercury it plans to release soon. The device which has the same physical keyboard + touch screen design like the BlackBerry Priv was privately unveiled at this year’s edition of CES, but won’t launch until next month at MWC.

Ever since news of the device surfaced there have been speculations of its internal specifications, none of which have been confirmed by BlackBerry. New details that have emerged are related to the camera. The info released by Roland Quandt (@rquandt), says the BlackBerry Mercury sports the same camera sensors present in the Google Pixel phones.

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If you remember, the Pixel and Pixel XL sport a 12.3MP f/2.0 Sony IMX378 rear camera and results have shown that the Pixel and Pixel XL take fantastic pictures. The front facing camera on the Mercury according to @rquandt is an 8MP Samsung S5K4H8 or an OmniVision OV8856.

Even if the camera turns out to be the same, they might not produce the same results as the Pixels have software enhancements and ‘additional sensor hardware’.

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The Blackberry Mercury is rumored to have a 4.5-inch display with a 1080 x 1680 resolution. There will be 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a Snapdragon 821 SoC. It will also have a 3400mAh battery and run a near-stock version of Android 7.0 out of the box.

These specs have actually not been confirmed by BlackBerry, so we advise you take them with a pinch of salt.


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  • Same sensor, doesn’t mean same CAM.
    There is so much more besides the sensor that is important, and the Pixel’s IMX378 is a very custom IMX378!
    For instance the Xiaomi Mi5S has the same IMX378, but pixels are a lot smaller 1.12 compared to the 1.7 in the Google Pixel, where the great low-light performance comes from.

    • yavuzselim

      No. They are using the same sensor which have 1.55µm pixels. Neither 1.12 nor 1.7.

      • Yes, sorry, 1.55 microns. Was thinking about aperture, that is f/1.7.
        However the IMX378 in the Xiaomi Mi5S has f/2.0 aperture instead of the f/1.7, so there are different aperture options, hence the less than stellar low-light performance of the Mi5S compared to the Pixel’s
        While the sensor is the same, low-light performance might vary, but I did get it wrong the first time.