BlackBerry to Launch Two New Android Smartphones This Year

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It could be BlackBerry’s final attempt at hardware.

CEO John Chen revealed recently that BlackBerry plans to launch two new devices this year, both powered by Google’s Android operating system.

Earlier this month, Chen confessed BlackBerry could stop making smartphones by the end of the year if the company’s hardware division doesn’t find a way to profit.

One of the new devices will have BlackBerry’s iconic—if now mocked—physical keyboard, while the other will be touchscreen-only.

Unlike the Priv, which is a top-tier device with a price tag to match, BlackBerry’s next two devices will be mid-range, costing hundreds of dollars less. The CEO admitted the Priv was a disappointment.

BlackBerry sold just 600,000 units last qarter and sales continue to trend downward.

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