The new BlackBerry 10 handset is expected to launch in April.
BlackBerry will soon be adding a new device to its portfolio if a new leak is to be believed. A handset said to be titled the BlackBerry Leap has shown up in live pictures – the device was supposedly codenamed BlackBerry Rio in the past, and it looks pretty similar to the BlackBerry Z3, the current mid-range champion in the Canadian company’s BlackBerry 10 lineup.
The Leap is said to feature a 5-inch display with HD (1280×720) resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE connectivity, and a 2,800 mAh battery. The device is 9.5mm thin, should be available in black and white color options, and will no doubt run BlackBerry 10.3.1 out of the box, the latest version of the flailing OS that started rolling out to existing devices last week.
The BlackBerry Leap is expected to be announced somewhere between April and May with a $200 price tag for the unlocked model. An MWC unveil seems unlikely considering a lot of flagship-level devices will be going official at the event, and there probably won’t be a major announcement considering the mid-range nature of the Leap.