Although last year it wasn’t quite clear whether BlackBerry will continue to deliver new handsets, after opting for Android instead of their own operating system, it seems that the company will launch three new smartphones in the future. Just like last year’s Priv, which didn’t become too popular due to its high pricing, the upcoming smartphones of the Canadian company will run on Android. The three new models, codenamed Neon, Argon, and Mercury, will be placed in three different price ranges, so this time around the company won’t only target those who can spend a lot of money on a smartphone.
According to the rumors, the first one to arrive will be the Blackberry Neon, equipped with a 5.2-inch touchscreen, 3GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The device will feature a 13MP back camera, alongside an 8MP front-facing camera. The Neon will reportedly have a 2610mAh battery, and it will support QuickCharge 2.0. The device will most likely be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 chipset, and it will probably have an affordable price. The device could become available in the July to August timeframe according to rumors.
The BB Argon will be a slightly larger handset, with a 5.5-inch QHD touchscreen (unfortunately it won’t have a physical keyboard), and it will have the most impressive specifications of the three upcoming BlackBerry handsets. This model will have a more powerful chipset under the hood, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, and it will offer 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Argon, which is believed to arrive sometime in October will be equipped with a 3000mAh battery, and it will support QuickCharge 3.0, not QuickCharge 2.0, like the Neon. It’s likely that the Argon will feature a fingerprint scanner and a USB Type-C port, alongside a quite impressive 21MP primary camera and an 8MP selfie camera placed on the front of the device.
The last model to be launched is the BlackBerry Mercury, which will be the only one with a physical keyboard. The device will have a 4.5-inch touchscreen above the aforementioned keyboard, and it will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. the handset will reportedly include 3GB of RAM and it will offer 32GB of internal storage. The Mercury will most likely have a 3400mAh battery, and it will have the same camera setup as the Priv, made up of an 18MP back snapper, and an 8MP front-facing camera.
Given the fact that the upcoming smartphones will be priced lower than last year’s Priv, it’s possible that Blackberry will manage to win back some fans, and get back on their feet. The physical keyboard of the Mercury will definitely impress some people, but will this be enough for the company to successfully compete with other tech giants, like Apple, Samsung, and HTC? Only time will tell.