BlackBerry has unveiled a midrange smartphone aimed at those who are only just beginning to build their careers. The 5-inch BlackBerry Leap is only one of four new devices that will be released this year, although the company did not share much information about what the other three might be.
While most BlackBerry users will be aware that the company does not work with top of the line hardware, it appears that the Leap will at least have internals that reflect its price point. the 5-inch HD display is accompanied by 16GB of storage and an 8MP rear camera. It is designed to run for around 25 hours on a single charge. That being said, there is no word on what kind of processor the BlackBerry Leap is running.
While fans of the physical keyboard will be disappointed to note that the Leap uses a full touch display, BlackBerry is preparing to release a new keyboard-based model later this year. The company is also planning to announce a curved display smartphone with a keyboard that slides out. There is no word about when these smartphones will be appearing, but CEO John Chen says that it would be out “as soon as it’s done”.
The BlackBerry Leap will retail for US$275 (about RM1,000) when it appears this spring, although there is no specific release date.