Forget everything you thought you knew about BlackBerry’s short-term hardware business-rebooting plans. It turns out there are not just two, but three security-focused Android phones in the pipeline, codenamed Neon, Argon, and Mercury instead of Hamburg, Rome and some other large European city.
Only the 5.2-inch Alcatel Idol 4-cloning Neon is reportedly coming in a few weeks, with the bigger, badder Argon set to follow “sometime in October”, and the physical QWERTY keyboard/touchscreen-combining Mercury due out in Q1 2017.
Although it’s supposed to turn a cold shoulder to QWERTY productivity, the BlackBerry Argon sounds like the legitimate heir to the high-end Priv’s throne, rocking a 5.5-inch QHD display, super-fast Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage space, 3,000 mAh battery, fingerprint recognition, USB Type-C connectivity, as well as 21 and 8MP cameras.
Meanwhile, the Mercury will kinda sorta assume the duties of a long overdue Passport sequel, adopting a non-sliding, non-concealable physical keyboard, plus a respectable FHD 4.5-inch touchscreen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, aluminum chassis, Snapdragon 625 SoC, 3GB RAM, and 32GB storage.
Where we expect this consumer and enterprise-targeted device to stand out is in the battery and photography departments, courtesy of a 3,400 mAh cell and 18/8MP cams, all pretty impressive specs considering the Mercury’s non-flagship nature.