After a lot of resistance, BlackBerry finally embraced Android as their go-to OS with the Priv smartphone last year. It was not really a commercial success but critics really liked it. The Priv was the only Android phone which could pull a physical QWERTY keyboard impressively.
BlackBerry is now ready to launch their new smartphone running Android. According to some reports, there will be three phones which BlackBerry will be making in collaboration with Alcatel.
The first device to come out the partnership is a mid-end phone codenamed ‘Neon’. It will have an all aluminum body with 5.2-inch full HD display with no physical keyboard. Under the hood, it will be running Snapdragon 617 chipset with 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 2,610mAh battery. It will also feature Quick Charge 2.0, a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front facing camera.
Next device is codenamed “Argon” and will be a higher-end device. It will have a 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 820 chipset, 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. On the imaging side, the Argon will come with 21MP camera on the back and 8MP on front. It will reportedly have a physical QWERTY keyboard like the Priv.
Lastly, there will be a device codenamed “Mercury” whose highlighted feature will be a QWERTY keyboard. It has a 4.5-inch 3:2 aspect ratio display with full HD resolution. It will reportedly be running Snapdragon 625 CPU with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage capacity. The battery is expected to be 3,400mAh while the camera setup on the Mercury will be 18MP front and 8MP back.
BlackBerry is expected to announce all three phones next week but their sale schedule is different. The Neon is expected to go on sale in August, Argon in October while the Mercury will come out in January-March of next year. While the Priv launched at a very high price point, the upcoming Android phones from BlackBerry are expected to play according to the market and will be priced competitively.