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Neon, Argon, and Mercury are reportedly BlackBerry's 3 upcoming Android smartphones

A couple of months ago, we heard a rumor that Blackberry was working on 2 new midrange Android smartphones, one with a physical keyboard and one without, slated for release this year. Now Evan Blass (@evleaks) is following up with more details and specs, a third smartphone, and possible release dates.

The first phone, scheduled for July-August, is Neon. It has a 1080p 5.2" display, Snapdragon 617, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 2610mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, a 13MP camera on the back and 8MP on the front. This midranger supposedly has an aluminum frame and a plastic back and should be priced free on contract.

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[Deal Alert] You can order an unlocked BlackBerry Priv on eBay for only $299.99

We've seen the BlackBerry Priv go on sale for some compelling prices recently. Two months ago it hit $399.99 on Newegg. Last month it reached $379.99 on eBay.

Now we're seeing it dip down a penny below the $300 mark.

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President Obama ditched his Blackberry for a Galaxy S4 (probably)

Yep, you read that right. In a Late Night with Jimmy Fallon appearance a couple of days back, President Obama mentioned he no longer used his DISA/DOD-approved Blackberry, but a new Android smartphone instead. According to Ars Technica, that device is very likely a hardened Samsung Galaxy S4.

The S4 is currently the only device supported under DISA's DOD Mobility Classified Capability-Secret (DMCC-S) program. In 2014, a number of Samsung devices were the first to win approval from the National Security Agency under its National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program—largely because of Samsung's KNOX security technology.

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T-Mobile Pulls The BlackBerry Priv From Its Website

The BlackBerry Priv was supposed to be a big step forward for the once-king of smartphones. After having no luck with BlackBerry OS 10, the company launched its first Android phone late last year. The Priv started as an AT&T exclusive, then launched on T-Mobile in late January. Less than five months later, it looks like Tmo is done with the Priv.

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Creative Wants To Ban Most Android Phones From US Over Alleged Patent Infringement

Creative is not a name you hear as often in consumer electronics these days. The Singapore-based firm is known for making audio products, including the Zen line of media players. Creative has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that basically every maker of Android phones is infringing its Zen patents by displaying your music. It wants them all banned, but what it really wants is money.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked BlackBerry Priv On Sale For $379.99 Via eBay

BlackBerry launched the Priv late last year at the stratospheric price of $700. It's not an unheard of price for a flagship phone, but the first Android phone from a struggling OEM? Maybe not the best idea. The Priv has been showing up on mega-discount lately, and today it's on sale for the lowest price yet. You can pick a new unlocked Priv up from eBay for $379.99.

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BBM Video Now Available As A Public Beta In The US And Canada

When it comes to Android, BlackBerry has the PRIV, and it also has BBM. The messaging app received an update last month that added support for Marshmallow permissions and removed privacy features from behind a paywall. Now users in the US and Canada have the option to start streaming video.

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[Deal Alert] BlackBerry Priv Only $399.99 On Newegg With Free Shipping ($250 Off)

The BlackBerry Priv is rapidly dropping in price. Not officially, mind you. But if you have the patience and the willingness to hunt around for a good deal, the Priv is one high-end Android phone to keep and eye out for.

Last week we saw the phone on sale for $449.99. That was a remarkable deal, considering the phone's $650 MSRP. But today the phone is available for even less.

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BlackBerry Priv Receives Android 6.0, Carrier OTA Updates Going Out Starting May 3rd

Marshmallow is now making its way to BlackBerry's flagship, and only, Android device.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked AT&T BlackBerry Priv Marked All The Way Down To $449.99 ($200 Off)

The BlackBerry Priv is an expensive phone. Despite undergoing a price drop earlier this month, the device still costs $650! That's quite a chunk of change, especially for a debut product from a new Android manufacturer (though you may have heard the name once or twice somewhere else).

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