It comes as no surprise that BlackBerry has plans to release more Android-powered smartphones. The wireless communications handset leader previously announced it will release two new devices within the next six months.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen stated during its Q1 2017 results that he’ll be ready to speak about his company’s plans for handsets in July timeframe, noting the company has “spoken about having two of them in between now and the end of this fiscal year, both of them more in the mid-range and mid to high. Not going to be a high-end phone.”
Reputable device leaker Evan Blass reported BlackBerry actually has three devices in the works, currently known by the codename of “Neon,” “Argon,” and “Mercury.”
We have received additional evidence that these are the correct names with the screenshots below from the devices. Each come with a reference to the periodic table, which in this case 10 represents Neon, 18 is for Argon, and 80 is Mercury.
The majority of the specs have been revealed in an earlier post. The Neon is the least expensive among the upcoming three Android-powered BlackBerry devices and will come with a 5.2-inch display, 13 megapixel back shooter, 8 megapixel front-facing camera and a Snapdragon 617 processor.
The Argon is aimed at the enterprise crowd but will be a mid-rage device that sports a physical keyboard like the Priv and a Snapdragon 820 X12 processor featuring LTE, a fingerprint reader, and a 21-megapixel camera.
The Mercury is tipped to be available in 2017 and sport a “classic look” with a keyboard, powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4.5-inch display, and an 18-megapixel camera.
As for release dates, sources indicate the Neon will launch sometime in August, followed by October for the Argon, and an unknown date in 2017 for the Mercury.
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