The Mobile World Congress this year has seen major brands launching new smartphones in the market. BlackBerry is trying to revive its dying market by introducing new mobile phones, as was clear from the announcements it made in this event. The company has launched a new smartphone, the BlackBerry Leap which has got a full touchscreen, unlike its keypad centric counterparts. The phone has been targeted for young mobile professionals. What can consumers expect from this new device? Let us find out from this post.
BlackBerry Leap- Specifications
Consumers in the US will be able to get this new handset from BlackBerry in April. Consumers of other areas of the world will have to wait as no date has been released. This mid-range 4G LTE smartphone will be available at $275. BlackBerry Leap has a single SIM and runs on the native BB10 operating system of the company with a version of 10.3.1. There is a 5 inch HD display with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels and 294ppi.
A 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor powers the device and has 2GB of RAM. An 8-megapixel autofocus camera is in the rear; while a 2-megapixel camera at the front will help you take selfies. There is an internal storage space of 16GB and it is expandable up to 128GB with a microSD card.
You will get Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy and EDR, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi, 4G, GPS/A-GPS and an FM radio. It weighs 170 grams and has a non-removable 2800mAh battery. Other specifications include accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors and dual microphone which cancel surrounding sounds.
The same smartphone was however listed in December as the BlackBerry Rio or BlackBerry Z20.
President of the Devices and Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, Ron Louks said, “In today’s mobile world – influenced by trends like BYOD – where personal and corporate data are frequently under attack from hackers, companies and everyday consumers are finding out the hard way that mobile security is paramount. BlackBerry Leap was built specifically for mobile professionals who see their smartphone device as a powerful and durable productivity tool that also safeguards sensitive communications at all times.”
— PC Advisor (@PCAdvisor) March 3, 2015
Teaser of Dual-Curved Touchscreen
Apart from launching the BlackBerry Leap, the company has given a teaser of another new dual-curved touchscreen smartphone which will have a slider keyboard. This device might be available in the future. The prototype was displayed at the Mobile World Congress and on Twitter.
The device hasn’t yet got any name but the company portrays it as a “dual-curved, all-touch display with a keyboard.” The keyboard will be placed in an old-fashioned slider under the display. Other than this information, nothing else is known about this smartphone.
We have to wait till we get more data from BlackBerry regarding this matter.
Do you think BlackBerry will be able to get back its market with BlackBerry Leap? Do you know about other innovations at the MWC? We would love to hear your insights.
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