BlackBerry was once regarded as an elite mobile device. Featuring a keyboard and a trackball, the family of devices were the perfect mobile tool for busy professionals. They became more accessible to the every day user, of course, but as the mobile industry evolved, BlackBerry had to take a backseat to the far more advanced Apple iOS and Google Android OS-based phones.
Well, BlackBerry may be making a come back with a new set of Android-based phones, ready to hit the market soon. The new phones—so far code named Argon, Mercury, and Neon—are set to release between Q3 2016 and Q1 2017.
Featuring a 5.5-inch QHD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, this device is slated to launch in October. It will also feature 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of native storage, and an impressive 21 MP rear camera and 8 MP front-facing camera and fingerprint scanner. The USB Type-C Quick Charge 3.0 is nice addition too, as is the 3,000 mAh battery.
Anyone looking for a device a little more affordable will appreciate the July/August release of the Blackberry Neon. Supposedly, it has a 5.2-inch, 1080p display backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor. In addition, it is supposed to have 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of native storage, as well as a 13 MP back camera and 8 MP front camera. Finally, this model will use take advantage of a Quick Charge 2.0 USB port and a 2610 mAh battery. And the metal frame with soft-touch plastic back is a nice touch too.
Rumored to compete with the LG G5, the HTC 10, and the Samsung Galaxy S7, the new BlackBerry Mercury is a flagship-tier device for the mobile phone addict. It will feature a 4.5-inch full HD display with 3:2 aspect ratio. It gets its power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and a powerful 3400 mAh battery with 3 GB of Ram and a generous 32 GB of memory. Finally, it also features an 18 MP back camera and 8 MP front camera.
While these specs sound pretty impressive BlackBerry has a lot of ground to make up: both in the mobile industry as a whole but also, more importantly, as a real flagship-tier competitor.