BlackBerry may be one of the newest manufacturers to the Android way of doing things, but they are certainly one of the Android-related companies who can generate headlines. Long before BlackBerry released their debut smartphone, the BlackBerry PRIV, speculation was wild about what the device will be like, its specs, its design, whether it will have a physical QWERTY keyboard and just about everything else. Since then though, speculation has very much moved on to what is next in line from BlackBerry on the hardware front.
Speaking of which, the most current predictions seem to focus on the notion that there are three incoming BlackBerry devices. While the number three is what is being touted, they are thought to be arriving separately and during consecutive quarterly releases with the first expected to arrive in Q3 of this year, essentially anytime in the next month or two. While no firm confirmation has come through on a release date for the first of the new BlackBerry Android smartphones, BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, did towards the end of last month suggest that July would be the time to ‘talk about’ the next smartphone(s) from BlackBerry.
A timeline which seems to be further confirmed today. BlackBerry has held a Security Summit event this morning and some had thought that a new device could be announced today. That was not the case with Chen confirming no device was being announced during the event. However, Chen was noted as stating that ‘next week’ will be the time to discuss smartphones. Which is largely the extent to the referencing on new phones that has now come through. Although the clear assumption being made is that further information (in one form of another) will become available next week. Chen also noted that the handset business is ‘doing fine’, although much of the rest of the talk today was more centered around the company’s software advancements. While the details are not confirmed yet, the three devices expected to come from BlackBerry are currently going by the names Argon, Neon and Mercury. The general understanding is that Neon is expected to be a mid-range smartphone and is likely to be the one that is discussed in more detail next week.