BlackBerry getting both another hardware-keyboard and a full-touch Android phone this year
What’s next from BlackBerry hardware? Last year saw the company jump platforms with the release of the Android-running Priv, leaving us to wonder if this was just a blip on the radar, or the future of the company’s handset lineup. Then at CES, BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed plans for at least one more new Android model sometime later this year, as well as the possibility we’d even get two such phones. This week he offers some additional information on that front, indicating that both models are still very much on track, while sharing some new details about what we can expect from them.
One of the Priv’s biggest problems was its steep price, a situation that’s yet to resolve itself. Still, we’re hopeful that BlackBerry may be on the way to learning its lesson, as Chen reveals that both these new Android-based phones in the pipeline are decidedly mid-range models – and hopefully, with prices to match.
Further, he explains that while one of these phones will have a hardware QWERTY keyboard like the Priv (though not necessarily another slider), the other will be a full-touch handset in the vein of the Z30 (above).
Chen also confirms that while BlackBerry will continue to support BB10 OS for its existing hardware, the company has no new devices in the pipeline that will run the platform: BlackBerry’s hardware future is Android-only.