BlackBerry is shifting to Android as a last resort for surviving in the exceedingly competitive smartphone industry. After recently shutting down their “Classic” series, we’ve been constantly getting rumors about two upcoming Android-powered handsets from the Canadian firm. This time, they’re in the form of clear images revealing the “Neon” smartphone which is supposed to be a bit budget-friendly.


As seen from the leaked pictures, the BlackBerry Neon will be featuring a standard smartphone design with a textured back and metallic edges. This, in turn, points at the unavailability of the slidable physical keyboard, unlike the premium Priv handset. As expected, BlackBerry will be bundling all the privacy and productivity enhancements including BBM, DTEK Security and more. These are still early shots at what’s coming and cannot be entirely trusted at this moment. Unfortunately, if these images are authentic, Neon won’t be sporting a fingerprint reader.


Reported earlier through FCC documents, the BlackBerry Neon will be offering a 5.2-inch Full HD panel up front. It will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 617 CPU along with 3GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage expandable via a MicroSD card. Additionally, there’ll be reportedly a 13MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP front shooter, and underneath, a 2610 battery pack will keep things going, probably with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. The Neon is expected to go on sale next month for around $350.

BlackBerry has definitely kept the shortcomings Priv faced in mind, as Neon will be overshadowing at least the price issue given the budget-oriented specifications. However, the physical keyboard was one of the crucial reasons customers actually considered opting for BlackBerry again. Moreover, there will be another smartphone BlackBerry will be unveiling this year which in fact, is rumored to inherit the beloved physical keyboard. It will be interesting to see whether BlackBerry is able to retain the long lost image with this new strategy, the situation does look quite futile right now as the smartphone market is progressing extremely fast and people have moved on after the company tried to popularize their BlackBerry 10 running phones.

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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.