BlackBerry is to make three new Android phones despite rumours suggesting that the company is set to give up on smartphone production.
The three new Android handsets are called the Mercury, the Argon and the Neon, all of which were leaked to the business news website âVentureBeatâ, which has revealed a significant amount of what we should be expecting from the new phones.
The BlackBerry neon will drop the companyâs signature QWERTY keyboard for a 5.2 inch touchscreen. It also boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 16 GB storage and 3 GB RAM and features an 8 MP front-facing lens and a 13 MP rear-mounted camera. The Neon is due to be released in August this year.
The second of the new releases from BlackBerry is the Argon, which is due to be released in October and is aimed primarily at enterprises. It is also a touch screen handset with a razor sharp 5.5 inch 2,560 X 1,140 QHD screen. This model will also feature a larger battery than the Neon, 32 GB storage, 4 GB RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. This model will also feature a fingerprint sensor, a 21 MP rear camera and an 8 MP selfie snapper.
Meanwhile, the third of BlackBerryâs new models, the Mercury, will feature the trademark QWERTY keyboard and a modern aluminium casing. It will also have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, a 32 GB storage capacity, 3 GB RAM and a 4.5 inch screen. It also has an 18 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera.
It seems clear that these three new models are an attempt to make BlackBerry a top handset manufacturer once again, despite its last attempt at an Android handset, the Priv, being something of a flop.
Many critics said the failure was because it was too expensive, so the company will be hoping that these new mid-price range models will achieve greater success.