Even though Blackberry was not successful with the launch of its PRIV Android based smartphone, the manufacturer has been focusing on offering more such handsets.
As a result, the company recently announced the release of three Android devices in late June 2016. According to Evan Blass from VentureBeat, a source indicates that the three gadgets will portray different form factors and come with varying price tags attached to them. Interestingly, the same source also mentions that Blackberry has to codename its smartphones after the chemical elements Neon, Argon and Mercury. Going by what reports say, these three handsets will be released over the next three quarters with one device planned for each quarter.
The first Blackberry smartphone to be released is the low- to mid-range Neon handset that looks almost identical to Alcatel’s Idol 4. Slated for release between July and August of 2016, the gadget will house a touchscreen with a 5.2 inch 1080p full HD display. However, it will not comprise a physical keyboard like some other devices from the manufacturer. Features are also fairly promising with a Snapdragon 617 chipset, 3GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt storage and a 2,160 mAh battery under the hood. It is worth noting that the battery will support QuickCharge 2.0 quick charging functionality. Cameras are not bad either with the smartphone expected to integrate 13MP and 8MP cameras on the rear and the front respectively. The Neon smartphone will make use of an aluminum frame with a soft-coated plastic panel on its rear. The fairly large gadget sized at 146 x 78 mm according to the leaked photos is meant to serve the needs of the enterprise and mass consumer markets. While the power button is said to be located on the left side, the volume control button will be on the right. It is also reportedly the least fascinating gadget of the three Blackberry devices.
Following the release of the Neon handset, the Argon smartphone is rumored to make its way in October. It adopts the same full touchscreen strategy of the Neon although the screen will be a 5.5-inch QHD screen with 560 x 1440 resolution. Targeting the enterprise market, the device will encompass 4GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, a Snapdragon 820 chipset and a 3,000 mAh battery. On the camera front, Argon will showcase a 21MP primary camera and an 8MP secondary camera. Additionally the smartphone will feature a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port, whilst offering QuickCharge 3.0 support. Needless to say, Argon will be pricier than Neon. In fact, it is bound to be the most expensive of the three gadgets. If there is any element of truth in ongoing talks about this Blackberry offering, then there are very good chances of the device facing good competition with either the iPhone 7 or Galaxy Note 7 from Apple and Samsung respectively in many ways.
The final smartphone in these series by Blackberry is Ṁercury that you can expect in the first quarter of 2017. Unlike its predecessors, it will not flaunt a full touchscreen. Rather, like the Passport, it will come with an identical physical QWERTY keyboard below the screen. Because of this, the Full HD screen will undoubtedly be a tad smaller with a size of 4.5 inches having 3:2 aspect ratio and 1080p resolution. Deviating from the sliding option for the keyboard, the same will not appear hidden on the handset. Talks reveal that the device will house a Snapdragon 625 chipset, a 3,400 mAh battery, 3 GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Cameras are bound to be exactly the same as those found in the Priv handset with an 18MP back camera and an 8MP front camera. Again, like the Blackberry Passport, Mercury will also reveal a full aluminum enclosure. However, the major difference is that the former smartphone has a square shape whereas the latter is more rectangular like normal devices.
The full aluminum body is very likely to make the Mercury device the heaviest of the three gadgets. Also, with a more powerful battery when compared to that of the Neon and Argon smartphones, this device shows chances of rendering more talk time hours on full charge. It is also a good idea to keep yourself aware that Neon, Argon and Mercury need not be the official names of the Android smartphones from Blackberry when they are finally made available in the market.