BlackBerry allegedly working on three new handsets

BlackBerry Mercury Android smartphone alleged render
BlackBerry Mercury
Dubbed Mercury, Neon, and Argon, all these upcoming handsets are expected to use Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and to run Android.

BlackBerry might be pretty close to its exit from the handset market, but at least they are trying. Since the high-end Priv failed to gain a significant market share, now it looks like the company formerly known as RIM is working on no less than three new Android handsets. Currently known as Neon, Argon, and Mercury, these smartphones are all powered by Qualcomm processors.

These are the details mentioned by the latest leak for each of the three devices:

  • Neon - 5.2-inch, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, 8 MP/13 MP, 2610 mAh
  • Argon - 5.5-inch, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, 8 MP/21 MP, 3000 mAh
  • Mercury - 4.5-inch, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, 8 MP/18 MP, 3400 mAh

According to Android Authority, the details above come from an outsider familiar with the matter, and not from an official BlackBerry source, so everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt for the time being. The source also mentioned that Neon might launch this month or in August, Argon in October, while Mercury is expected to hit the market in early 2017. Mercury would also launch as the only one of the three to feature a physical keyboard.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-07- 3 (Update: 2016-07- 3)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.