BlackBerry could launch a second Android phone next year

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has hinted that the company could launch a second Android phone in 2016. While he said that the focus would be more towards the high-end, he didn’t exactly rule out the possibility of the device being a mid-ranger.

“Depends on the Priv. If the Priv is well received in the market and looks like it is. There’s a good chance […], we will still focus on the high-end probably closer to mid-range coming out in 2016,” he said in a recent interview with Bloomberg.

He, however, didn’t reveal a specific launch time frame for the handset, saying that’ll depend on how the Priv performs in the coming months – currently available in four countries, the device will land in 31 more markets in the next 3 months, he said.

For those who aren’t already aware, rumors related to the company’s second Android smartphone – currently code-named Vienna – have already surfaced, with early renders (shown below) suggesting a more orthodox BlackBerry design.