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BlackBerry launching two Android handsets this year

Mark O'Beirne

Published 11/04/2016 | 11:20

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen revealed that the company will release two mid-range Android handsets this year, one of which will feature a full touchscreen.

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BlackBerry will launch two new Android smartphones this year, according to CEO John Chen.

One will feature a full touchscreen, while the other will pack BlackBerry’s trademark QWERTY keyboard. Chen revealed that both will target the mid-range market, but didn’t hint at any specs.

This isn’t BlackBerry’s first foray into the Android ecosystem, having previously released the BlackBerry Priv. However, this handset doesn’t seem to have performed as well as hoped. Chen didn’t say how many Priv handsets had been sold, but admitted that it was “too high-end a product."

The price was off-putting for many of its enterprise customers, especially as it was the company’s first Android device.

BlackBerry recently revealed that it sold 600,000 handsets during the first three months of the year, but declined to say how many Priv handsets were sold in that time.

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