BlackBerry entered the Android smartphone market with the launch of the Priv last year. It was a good smartphone with great hardware and specs but failed to attract customers because of being too expensive when compared with the competition. The phone could not live up to BlackBerry’s expectations but it has not stopped them from releasing more Android devices. As per a VentureBeat report, the Canadian OEM is working on not just one new phone but a total of three Android phones.
The three phones have been codenamed by BlackBerry as Neon, Argon, and Mercury. Each of the phones is aimed at a particular price range with a specific form factor with plans of releasing them one per quarter.
Among the trio, the Neon is said to be the first one to go on sale in July or August. It is expected to feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display with no physical keyboard. Under the hood, it is said to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC with 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There will be a 13MP/8MP camera combo and a 2610mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0.
Next in the line is reported to be Argon with an expected time of launch to be around October. It seems to be the flagship offering from BlackBerry with high-end specs among all the three. There is a 5.5-inch Quad HD display. It is listed to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB RAM along with 32GB of interal storage. It will have 21MP/8MP camera combo with fingerprint scanner, and a 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.
The last one of the trio is Mercury which seems to be like classic BlackBerry phones but with Android OS. It is expected to get announced in Q1 2017. The phone has a 4.5-inch HD display with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC with 3GB RAM. It offers 32GB of internal storage with 18MP camera at the back and an 8MP camera on the front. The whole package is said to be powered by a 3400mAh battery. It also features the classic BlackBerry physical keyboard which you can see in the Mercury render posted by Mondo BlackBerry.
So, what do you think of these three rumored BlackBerry devices? Would you like to buy any of them? Share your thoughts with me via the comments section below.