The Mobile World Congress is a mere two days away and news about upcoming devices is still pouring in. One more bit of news is the fact that we may see a new Blackberry handset launch during the event. Code named “Vienna,” this new phone was hinted at last November, letting us know that Blackberry is serious about conquering some ground in the Android territory. The Blackberry Priv was a mixed bag; an all around solid performer with its fair share of solid kinks, mostly dealing with the software and the camera. A new iteration in Blackberry’s line of Android devices could do well to make for the short comings of the Priv.
So far, what we know is that the sliding mechanism will be put to bed. The physical keyboard will still be on the device, but it will be under the screen. And speaking of the screen, it will be a 5 inch, 1080 panel and not a 1440p panel like with the Priv, which means that Blackberry will be targeting the mid-ranged market. Other specs include the 3 gigabytes RAM and an 18 megapixel shooter with LED flash. That’s all that we have as this report is brand spanking new. What we can guess is that the panel might be AMOLED despite it being a mid-ranged device, and it might sport a Snapdragon 652 SoC (or something close to that).
Is this launching a mid-ranged phone a good choice on Blackberry’s part? Most will argue yes. For starters, the mid-ranged market is the fasted growing smartphone, so taking a piece of that pie will do ANY company a good deal of profit. And second, would YOU want to launch a flagship phone sandwiched between the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5? Launching a phone that addresses the short comings of the Priv, and comes in a sleek, and budget friendly package just may boost Blackberry to new heights in 2016. Loyal Blackberry fans, just like loyal HTC fans who are waiting eagerly to see what the M10 has to offer, are waiting to see if this next handset could bring some value back to the name, Blackberry. If you are one of them, you haven’t long to wait, MWC is right around the corner.