A few years ago, Blackberry phones were all the rage, but they slowly got pushed out of the market by the many new smartphones that were being launched by other brands. Rather than giving up, Blackberry have chosen to fight back, unveiling their latest touch screen smartphone, named the Leap.
The company first launched their new smartphone at an event in Barcelona. Rather than aiming at the higher end of the market, the company is targeting the mid-range, pricing their new phone at around US$300 or less. The phone will be on sale in April, with an unlocked version costing around US$275, making it affordable for a large number of people.
The smartphone has a 5 inch screen, and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor by Qualcomm. Although this may seem powerful, it does not compare to some of the other phones in a similar price range that are currently available. The Xperia E4g by Sony, as well as the Blade S6 from ZTE, are both powered by the eight-core Snapdragon 615, which is a much more powerful processing chip than the one you will find in the new Blackberry smartphones.
The phone will have 2 cameras, on the front and back, with the front being an 8 megapixel camera. The phone will weigh 170 grams, which is actually quite heavy for a phone with just a five inch screen. Unlike Blackberry phones in the past, this one will have a non-removable battery. All of these features seem slightly below those offered by other companies, so it will be interesting to see whether or not the Leap manages to sell well.