MWC 2015 | BlackBerry Leap: 5-inch HD smartphone priced at $275
BlackBerry unveiled a new smartphone today at the 2015 edition of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Unlike most other smartphones manufactured by the Canadian company, the BlackBerry Leap does not come with a physical keyboard, relying almost entirely on touch-based interaction. The smartphone measures 144 x 72.8 x 9.5mm and tips the scale at 170 grams.
The BlackBerry Leap comes with a 5-inch display that runs a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels at 293 PPI. Under the hood, there's a slightly outdated Snapdragon S4 Plus chip from Qualcomm, a mobile SOC that integrates a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor and an Adreno 305 GPU. On the storage side, the Leap comes with 16GB of integrated storage space, expandable by up to another 128GB via the microSD card slot. Other specs include an 8MP primary camera with LED flash on the back, a 2MP secondary sensor on the front, an LTE radio, as well as WiFi b/g/n.
BlackBerry has equipped the Leap with a 2800 mAh battery, one that is said to last for up to 25 hours with heavy usage of the smartphone. As far as the software is concerned, the Leap runs BlackBerry 10 OS, the company's proprietary operating system. Although there aren't too many apps developed specifically for BB 10, the OS can also run Android apps from the Amazon Appstore.
The new BlackBerry Leap will be launched in April at a price of $275 unlocked.