BlackBerry announces the Leap, a budget-focused touchscreen smartphone

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In an announcement that basically came out of nowhere, BlackBerry’s John Chen has revealed a new smartphone. The failing smartphone manufacturer has seen a lot of trouble over the past few years, especially with its smartphone lineup being unable to capture much of the market (whether low-end or high-end), but the OEM still looks to be kicking with this latest smartphone. On-stage at Mobile World Congress 2015, the company’s CEO has announced the brand-new BlackBerry Leap.

The Leap is an LTE-supporting smartphone targeted on “young mobile professionals who value security and privacy in a modern and powerful design package.” It’s a bit of a mouthful, but the gist of it is that this is a cheap phone meant for those who also don’t want to sacrifice the enterprise functionality of their devices.

BlackBerry Leap brings in a lot of the features of the Classic and Passport, most notably omitting however the physical keyboard we’ve come to love from the Canadian company. Features like BlackBerry OS 10.3.1, BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant, BlackBerry Keyboard, and the 2,800 mAh that should equate to all-day battery life are all present.

The phone has the potential of morphing into something well-received, and we look forward to taking it for a spin in the coming days and weeks.

Source: BlackBerry

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