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BlackBerry to launch two mid-range Android phones

BlackBerry is working on two mid-range Android smartphones this year, one with a physical keyboard and one with a touchscreen and plans to launch them this year, according to the company’s CEO John Chen.

Chen made the remarks and also admitted that the BlackBerry Priv, the company’s first Android phone, “was too high-end a product”, with an unappealing price-tag.

“The fact that we came out with a high end phone [as our first Android device] was probably not as wise as it should have been,” Chen was quoted as saying by the paper.

“A lot of enterprise customers have said to us, ‘I want to buy your phone but $700 is a little too steep for me. I’m more interested in a $400 device,” he added.