In a move to expand its growing feet in the budget handset market, BlackBerry on Tuesday showcased the BlackBerry Leap, a 5-inch full touch budget handset at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.
The BlackBerry Leap would hit stores in the U.S and European markets around April and be priced around $275 (approximately Rs. 17,050). It will first land in Brazil and Indonesia.
The BlackBerry Leap, a budget phone, should be seen as a replacement to the company's Z3 smartphone, which originally made its debut in the beginning of 2014.
What is known about the device is that it comes with a 5-inch, 1280x720 pixel display. It is powered by a 1.5GHz processor, paired with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot. In the imaging department, the handset features an 8-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. The device also offers 4G LTE for fastest data connectivity.
Meanwhile, the BlackBerry Leap's biggest highlight will be its 2,800mAh battery that should last up to 25 hours. Of course, the device will run BlackBerry 10.3 OS. BlackBerry 10 devices can now run Android apps, courtesy of the latest update to the mobile OS.
The firm plans to introduce three other devices this year, including a new QWERTY-keyboard based model and another that is a dual edge curved-screen device with a slide-out physical keyboard. It would have a full-touch screen. The new phone, inspired by Dell's Venue Pro, doesn't even have a marketing name or exact release date.
Earlier this week, BlackBerry announced a new initiative to bring its software solutions to other rival platforms, including iOS, Android, and Windows.