Earlier this year, BlackBerry’s CEO confirmed that we could expect at least two new Android smartphones. So far there have been several leaks of at least one of the devices which is codenamed Hamburg, named after a city in Germany. However it seems that’s not all that BlackBerry could be working on.
A report from Evan Blass on VentureBeat has revealed that the company could have at least 3 more Android phones in the works codenamed Neon, Argon, and Mercury, which seems to be a departure of BlackBerry’s habit of giving their phones codenames based around cities, but perhaps these devices could also mark a new direction for the company’s mobile plans.
As for the specs and features, the Neon is said to be the first to market and will be a low-mid range handset with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, an aluminum frame, and a Snapdragon 617 chipset. There will also be 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 13MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP front-facing camera.
Next up is the Argon which is rumored for October. It will feature a 5.5-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a fingerprint reader, and a 21MP/8MP rear/front-facing camera combo. Last but not least is the Mercury which is the only handset of the trio to sport a physical keyboard.
The design is expected to be similar-ish to the Passport in which the keyboard will not be retractable unlike the Priv. It will come with a 4.5-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 625, 3GB of RAM, and an 18MP/8MP camera combo. It is also rumored to arrive in Q1 2017. Needless to say this should be taken with a grain of salt for now, but for BlackBerry fans looking forward to more Android alternatives, you could be expecting quite a few this year.
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