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BlackBerry is going after road warriors with its latest handset. The BlackBerry Leap, unveiled on Tuesday during Mobile World Congress, promises buyers up to 25 hours of battery life from a single charge.
With the Leap, the resilient Canadian handset maker is deviating away from the retro look and feel of the keyboard-laden Passport to something that’s a bit more modern with a large touchscreen. It offers a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 (294 PPI) that’s powered by a dated Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and 2GB of RAM.
Elsewhere, users can expect 16GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera around back, a 2-megapixel fixed-focus forward-facing camera and a 2,800mAh battery. Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity all come standard. It will ship running BlackBerry 10.3.1.
Given the specs, this is clearly a mid-range phone and the price – $275 straight up – reflects that. BlackBerry says the phone is designed for young mobile professionals who value security and privacy in a modern and powerful design package.
While the Leap may be an “average” looking handset, another device it briefly shown off is anything but. Described by Engadget as the holy union between the Leap and the Passport, the unnamed handset carries a dual-curved, all-touch display with a keyboard. Or in other words, it’s a modern-day slider phone with a curved display similar to what’s found on the Galaxy S6 Edge.
Unfortunately, that’s all we know about this mysterious slider at this time.