BlackBerry may be more into building Android powered handsets than what was previously thought. As reported by leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass (published on Venture Beat), the Canadian phone maker is reportedly working on three new Android devices, code named as Neon, Argon, and Mercury. The talk is that consumers will reportedly see one of the smartphones each quarter.
Neon is rumored to be a low to midrange device housed in an aluminum frame. It is said to feature a 5.2 inch display screen (with resolution of 1,080 pixels), 3 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), and 16 gigabytes of built in memory. The device is rumored to have no physical keyboard, and might be launched before the end of August later this year for free on contract.
Come October of this year, Argon will reportedly hit the market as a high end smartphone offering. Rumored specifications include a 5.5 inch display screen with QHD resolution, a 21 megapixel camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip set (supported with 4 gigabytes of RAM as well as 32 gigabytes of onboard storage), a fingerprint scanner, a USB C charging port, and just like Neon, no physical keyboard.
As for Mercury, the device might be released by the first quarter of next year. Unlike Neon and Argon, Mercury comes with a physical keyboard, housed at the bottom of a more squared off display screen, similar to what previous BlackBerry models have sported. The device will come with 3 gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of memory, plus a 3,400 mAh battery. It is believed that Mercury will be offered as a midrange option.
Back in January early this year, John Chen, the chief executive officer of BlackBerry, had confirmed that the company was indeed planning to build up to a couple of Android powered handsets. If Blass’ report turns out to be true, BlackBerry fans will no doubt be delighted to know that instead of two, they can expect three Android BlackBerrys coming within a year’s time.
For those not familiar with BlackBerry’s Android adventures, the Canadian mobile manufacturer actually released the BlackBerry Priv last year, its first ever Android powered device. But sales of that device has since proven to be lackluster. Still, BlackBerry has three other chances to release a hit Android BlackBerry.
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