In the ongoing MWC 2015 trade show, BlackBerry has unveiled its new full-touchscreen mid-range smartphone equipped with 4G LTE connectivity, the BlackBerry Leap at $275.
The smartphone has been priced at $275 (approximately Rs. 17,000), and the company said that the BlackBerry Leap has been developed specifically targeting the young mobile professionals.
The single-SIM BlackBerry Leap runs on company’s native BB10 (version 10.3.1) OS and will be available in the US in April.
The smartphone features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) Touch display with 294ppi pixel density and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM 8960 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM.
It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) and at the back there is an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash while also houses a 2-megapixel front facing camera.
In terms of connectivity options, the BlackBerry Leap offers 4G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) and EDR, GPS/ A-GPS, and FM radio, while also packs a non-removable 2800mAh battery.
Commenting on the launch, Ron Louks, President, Devices and Emerging Solutions, 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.”