For some time, I've been observing Research In Motion (RIM), the manufacturers of blackberry devices and I must say that it seems they are struggling hard to stay in the Smartphone market. Apart from dwindling sales of its devices and The Fact that US president Obama dumped his BlackBerry device, Popular Messaging Platform (WhatsApp) has said that support for blackberry devices will be ended at the end of 2016. Their BlackBerry 10 OS didn't really do a great job though it supported installation of Android apps and games. It lacked some major features of a stock Android device.
Presently, BlackBerry is going all out for Android , and perhaps with more devices than we thought. BlackBerry is currently working on three new Android phones.
The three new phones are most probably codenamed Neon, Argon and Mercury, and we will reportedly see one of the phones each quarter.
The Neon will reportedly be a low to mid-range, aluminum-housed phone with a 5.2-inch 1080p-resolution screen, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and no physical keyboard, and arrive by the end of August for free on contract.
This October, the Argon will allegedly be a high-end phone with a 5.5-inch QHD-resolution screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a fingerprint reader, a 21-megapixel camera, a USB-C charging port -- and also no physical keyboard.
In the first quarter of 2017, the Mercury will allegedly be the only new BlackBerry device with a physical keyboard, one that lives at the bottom of a more squared-off screen like many previous BlackBerrys. It also sounds like a mid-range phone, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, though it also may house a relatively large 3400mAh battery.
In January, BlackBerry's CEO confirmed plans to produce up to two Android Phones . Now, it appears there are three -- and at least two of them sound like they'll target lower price points than the company's first Android phone, the blackberry Priv which had disappointingly low sales
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