Detailed reports regarding BlackBerry’s three new Android Powered Smartphone have surfaced, these Phone are called Neon, Argon, and Mercury. Including general specs for each model allegedly being developed. These new BlackBerry models are said to be built by TCL’s recently acquired smartphone manufacturer, Alcatel. All Three devices will launch chronologically and gradually more expensive with each phone more expensive and higher-spec’d than the last.
Neon is the first device come from the Alcatel/BlackBerry partnership. It is going to launch with a Full HD 5.2 inch touch screen and lacks the legendary BlackBerry keyboard to mid range. Aluminium chassis will make the phone attractive AND snapdragon 617 chipset will power the phone .
It looks like the Neon would feature 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 2,610mAh battery, Quick Charge 2.0 compatible, 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front facing camera. The Neon is said to go on sale in July or August. This device has an alleged model name of Hamburg, as in , BlackBerry Hamburg.
Argon is next up and said to be launched later in the year around October. There’s a 5.5 inch QHD screen, Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 support, finger print scanner and a USB Type-C charging port. Then there’s also a 21MP camera with an 8MP selfie camera.
The last one is Mercury. It is said to have 4.5 inch screen with a Full HD 3:2 aspect ratio. So this would be like the BlackBerry Passport’s form factor. The phone will launch with snapdragon 625 CPU with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage capacity. A 3400mAh battery is said to be featured in the Mercury and offers an 18MP/8MP setup for respective rear and front cameras.
BlackBerry may have priced the Priv too high, but with the launch of these new devices, namely the Neon, BlackBerry will see if the Android phone market is the one it should be going after.