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About a week ago we started hearing rumors about some newly code-named BlackBerry devices in the pipeline, Neon, Argon and Mercury. The device pictured is allegedly a rendering of the would be Mercury aka Rome handset that BlackBerry has been working on to make a more premium device.

Consider is an evolution of the BlackBerry Vienna that got leaked after the Priv launched. Take the specs below with a grain of salt, but HoFo┬áthem and they seem to align with other musing we’ve been hearing coming from BlackBerry.

If true, these devices bode well for a BlackBerry aiming to grab hold of their fair share of the smartphone market. While two different all touch devices seems a bit suspect from the historically QWERTY company,┬árecent reports of a TCL built ‘Hamburg’ aka Neon seem to align BlackBerry with a more flexible middle ground for handsets suited for consumer and enterprise customers alike. If they can nail the pricing and cost structure BlackBerry may have some winners. Time will tell whether these rumors hold more weight.

BlackBerry Neon:

  • All Touch
  • $0 (400 MSRP)
  • Qualcomm 8952 (a 617 like the Moto G4 Plus)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 5.2″ 1080P display
  • 16GB storage
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 2610mAh battery
  • Quick charge 2
  • Aluminum frame
  • Soft touch rear casing
  • Cat 6LTE
  • 130g
  • Aimed at consumers and enterprise
  • August 2016 launch

BlackBerry Argon:

  • All Touch
  • $200 (600-700MSRP)
  • Qualcomm 8996 (a Snapdragon 820 “lite”)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5.5″ 1440P
  • 32GB storage
  • 21MP rear camera
  • fingerprint reader (finally)
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Quick Charge 3
  • USB type-C
  • Aimed at consumers and enterprise
  • October 2016 launch

BlackBerry Mercury:

  • Design like the Blackberry Classic:
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Qualcomm 8953 (Snapdragon 625)
  • 4.5″ screen with 3:2 display ratio
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • 18MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3400mAh battery
  • Quick Charge 3.0
  • “High precision & Craftsmanship”
  • Aluminum housing
  • Aimed at enterprise
  • February 2017 launch
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  • Did they not just announce they are out of the phone design game? So who is building a qwerty keyboard phone that BlackBerry can licence?

    • This QWERTY will be the last in-house designed BlackBerry

    • PaulD

      Here is a thought, if this is their last in house designed phone, why not make it top specs, sort of go out with a bang, put in Qualcomm 821, 4 GB RAM, USB-C, same camera as Priv. I prefer keyboard so will buy the Mercury, but would be amazing if they made this a collectors piece with top specs!

  • JOHN

    I am waiting MERCURY …. The device looks so great. hopefully will be like classic in terms of size or little bigger but not like passport.

  • Peter

    Give me a Z30 replacement with Bb10

  • Matt C

    Quick Charge and USB Type C are great, but I really hope they keep Qi charging as well. I’d love to rock a phone without a case again (have a Qi case on my iPhone 6S Plus) and I’m not going back to plugging in regularly; I gave that up for good when I got my Verizon Z30.

  • Dennis Kerr

    Oh I really like this picture!

    This is what I have wanted ever since I saw the passport with a trackpad in the keyboard.

    I wanted a discreet button belt with a reliable red button, and a reliable back button…

    Oh, this is going to be great!

  • PaulD

    Excellent specs, good choices BlackBerry, (minor note maybe bump up the Mercury to a 652 and noticed the Idol 4S does not have GLONASS, just A-GPS). My Passport SE has GLONASS for gps so don’t need a cell connection for location on maps. I will likely buy the Argon and Mercury, hope they make the Mercury with the Passport keyboard at some point, not sure if I can go back to a full keyboard, the Passport keyboard is so amazing!. Look forward to checking these out at release.
    cheers
    paulD

  • Paul Elzey

    Totally agree (@Dee_Passport). As a BlackBerry Passport owner I really don’t understand why they made three different versions of the same phone (original Passport, AT

  • Ravi

    Neon looks OK to me…should it be a 32 gb, I’ll definitely get one.

    16 gb’s are outdated…

  • Krishna Modak

    Why does Argon seem more premium than the alleged Rome? Hmm I might consider going all touch. Does the Rome (Mercury) have a fingerprint reader?

    • Paul Benish

      In the keyboard space bar perhaps

  • Dee_Passport

    I just wish there will be fresh positive news on whats next for BB10. I understand the position of BlackBerry to focus on android and gain their respective market share for this but they still do need to put some resources on bb 10 os just because the swiftness of the OS has been whats making me loyal to the brand till date. Anyone with me on this one :-)

  • aedj

    I do not understand Blackberry plan yet
    they need something special and as soon as possible
    so why not QWERTY keyboard be the first since all market full of all touch screen so people will not (or mostly will not sell buy all touch blackberry with nothing special)

    QWERTY keyboard this one is dream rectangular big screen, keyboard scrolling which is great idea (also in Priv) android with better apps (no ads market) this will be big sucess if they do it in the right way

  • Michael Duffy

    They all seem nice, but I’m a huge fan of BlackBerry 10. We just need to put them in the right hands. Sponsor a Smartphone Olympics event. Real use examples of people using their phones for navigation, sending texts, sharing pictures, finding the nearest florist, finding a song, etc.

  • Thomas

    Do they all run “the google”?

  • Riccardo Nemela

    Nice picture! Thanks MondoBlackBerry.com

  • Stephen Cooper

    Why can’t they stop calling the handsets “BlackBerry” and instead___________ made by BlackBerry? The name and some other things is why consumers won’t purchase it. Also, what happened to all the BlackBerry Apps like Story Maker and BlackBerry Express? Frustrating…