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Each Tuesday, we'll bring you the most interesting rumours in the BlackBerry community and let you know if there's any real supporting evidence. Devices, OS's, and more hot topics - it's your one-stop post to get the latest rumours.
BlackBerry Argon Is A Metal Uni-Body Phone
Argon is a big topic lately, with folks mostly wanting to know two things: release timeframe and design. We get questions a lot, and one that popped up twice in our emails were about the Argon using a metal body design, since it's supposed to be a flagship handset.
Without any real confirmation, or leaks (yet), it's interesting where this came from aside from speculative guesses. While the Argon is definitely BlackBerry's next high-end device, it doesn't use a full metal body. The latest Argon prototype that our own @DHabkirk was shown comprised of a metal housing and glass like material on the back. Making it the first BlackBerry device to use a glass backing (contingent on it making it to production).
Curious what it looks like? Be sure to stay tuned to his BBM Channel for upcoming renderings.
Argon Due Out In September
In our last rumour roundup, we commented on a rumour surrounding the Argon being released in September 2017. Of course, this was a speculative date and we remained opposite to confirming the month.
Not to worry, the device is aimed to release around Halloween 2016. Yes, this October. As long as things go smooth, we could see the device as late as the 28th - and chances are we'll see this device pop-up before release. We're told this is going to be a similar situation to the DTEK50 - where the device is based on augmented design, and the release name will ring close to it as well.
We'll keep you updated, but be sure to follow @TheBBCentral on Twitter to get the latest updates!
BlackBerry Bringing Back Numbered Devices
After the Priv, the DTEK50 was released - and it left a ton of people confused with the name, especially since Neon was going to be the official name. We went from BlackBerry 10 which uses numerical iterations for the devices in combination with a defining letter that symbolizes form factor. Slowly, BlackBerry went into names - like Passport, Classic, Leap, and then the Priv.
If you weren't confused before, get ready to be: numbers are coming back. There's a chance you already know the reason, but if you don't, it mostly centres around their new Android direction. The Priv name wasn't well received at all, so in favour of another non-universal name, DTEK50 was selected this last time around. We've heard from reliable sources that the Argon and Mercury will be getting release names that have a similar tone to DTEK50. Any guesses? Drop them below!