Photos of BlackBerry’s latest device has surfaced online. The company is adding a mid-range smartphone in its line-up of all-touch devices and that is rumoured to be named the BlackBerry Leap. This appears to be a the device that was originally codenamed Rio that appeared a few months ago.
Compared to the BlackBerry Z3, the Leap sports a 5-inch display with an improved resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels instead of 540 x 960 pixels. The device is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 MSM8960 processor with slightly more RAM of 2GB. It has a doubled internal storage of 16GB which is also expandable via microSD, and a battery capacity of 2,800mAh. It sports an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front, which is better than the Z3’s 5MP back camera and 1.2MP front camera. This 9.5mm-thin phone also features LTE connectivity and should come in two colours – black and white. Other features of the phone include dual microphone, DLNA and Miracast support.
The smartphone bears a striking resemblance to the BlackBerry Z3 but has definitely received an upgrade in terms of internals. There is no word on how much it may cost, although speculation has it that the company will launch the device in April or May.
It is unclear whether the device will make an appearance at MWC 2015, but we will be on the ground in Barcelona to provide you with the latest updates on any BlackBerry news.