BARCELONA – BlackBerry, the company best known for its physical keyboard devices, hasn’t given up on the concept of a keyboard-less touchscreen phone.
The BlackBerry Leap, announced at Mobile World Congress on Tuesday, is a 5-inch smartphone aimed at a younger, “career-builder” audience.
Besides the 5-inch, 1280×720 pixel display, the phone boasts a 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of storage.
Rather than focusing on the phone’s specs, however, BlackBerry highlights the phone’s 2,800mAh battery, which should power the phone for up to 25 hours, and its security features, which include encryption support, malware protection and the ability to back-up, wipe and restore the phone.
The BlackBerry Leap will be available from April for the price of $275, contract-free.
Even with the new Leap, BlackBerry’s device portfolio is a little thin. The company knows that, and so President of Devices Ron Louks teased a few more phones which are not ready to launch just yet.
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Most interesting among them is an unnamed slider phone, which has a slide-out keyboard underneath the full-sized touchscreen, which is also curved, a la Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. All in all, the company plans to launch five devices in 2015, according to Louks.
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