MWC15: Blackberry unveils the mid-range 'Leap' smartphone

Blackberry today unveiled its new mid-range Leap smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Dubbed as a replacement for the Blackberry Z3 released last year, the new phone will be released in the US and Europe in April priced around £180 at current exchange rates.

Weighing at 170g, the phone bears a 5 inch capacitative touchscreen with 294 ppi density. It runs on the Blackberry 10.3.1 operating system and its 1.5GHz dual-core CPU is powered by the MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Plus processor. This suggests that though quick emails and multi-tasking won't be a problem, the phone may not handle video streaming and HD quality gaming with as much ease as modern quad-core smartphones.

 

With an internal memory of 16GB and a 2GB RAM, the phone also features a powerful 2800mAh battery that ensures up to 25 hours of talk time. The 8MP primary camera with LED flash and auto-focus, though not very advanced, will let you take pictures at ease while on the go. The 2MP front camera will be an handly feature for video calling and Skype functions.

Additional features included in the Blackberry Leap are a 128GB microSD slot, Blackberry maps, Document viewer, accelerometer, proximity sensor and email and BBM options.

Blackberry also announced that it will be rolling out two more phone models in the coming months with the trademark manual keyboard function. One of them could be a high-end 'dual curved all touch display' as revealed in Mobile World Comgress today.

Having seen its market share in global smartphone sales crash to as low as 0.2 per cent in 2014, Blackberry faces a huge challenge to resurrect itself to its former glory. Investing on low-range and mid-range devices could prove to be a good financial decision in the long run.

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