As expected, BlackBerry announced today at Mobile World Congress the BlackBerry Leap, their 5-inch HD display touchscreen device. This device has been rumored for several months, with hands-on images leaking last week.
This device is the natural evolution of the BlackBerry Z3, with updated specs and a slight cosmetic design changes.
You can pre-register for the device. The full press release is below.
BlackBerry Leap includes a brilliant edge-to-edge five-inch HD display, BlackBerry's latest operating system and more than a full day's battery power, keeping users hyper connected, productive and always in control.
"In today's mobile world - influenced by trends like BYOD - where personal and corporate data are frequently under attack from hackers, companies and everyday consumers are finding out the hard way that mobile security is paramount," said Ron Louks, President, Devices and Emerging Solutions. "BlackBerry Leap was built specifically for mobile professionals who see their smartphone device as a powerful and durable productivity tool that also safeguards sensitive communications at all times."
"With BlackBerry Leap complementing the latest BlackBerry portfolio, including BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic, we continue to provide products and services that meet the needs of our consumer and enterprise customers," Louks added.
Top features of BlackBerry Leap that drive security, productivity, communications and collaboration include:
-- Security to Maintain Privacy - You can feel safe in the knowledge that
BlackBerry Leap was designed with the highest standards of security in
mind to protect your privacy. It is equipped with support for
encryption, plus built-in malware protection and back-up, wipe and
restore. All to give you control and help secure your data against the
next embarrassing and potentially costly cyberattack.
-- Battery That Powers Through a Full Day - With up to 25 hours of heavy
use,(i) the BlackBerry Leap will power through even your most demanding
day. The impressive 2800 mAh battery and optimization of power
consumption in BlackBerry 10 gives users more than a full day of
-- Best-in-Class BlackBerry Keyboard - Type faster and more accurately on a
touchscreen keyboard that learns how you write. With superior error
correction, multi-language support, customized adaption and flow,
BlackBerry's touchscreen keyboard helps to reduce the mistakes and
missteps that can hold you back.
-- BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3.1 - BlackBerry Leap comes preloaded with the
new BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system, offering a fresh look that
incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar so that users' most
commonly accessed functions are in the center of their screen.
Additional features include:
-- BlackBerry® Blend - BlackBerry Blend brings messaging and content
that is on your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet.
Get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and
personal email, BBM® or text messages, and access your documents,
calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are
on, powered by your BlackBerry. BlackBerry Blend works across
desktop operating systems, including Mac OS X 10.7 +, Windows® 7+
and Android™ tablets running Android 4.4+ via cellular, USB or
-- BlackBerry® Assistant - The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry's
first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands
to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and
other native BlackBerry 10 applications. It's the only smartphone
assistant on the market today that can access both personal and work
content in your work perimeter. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently
determines how to respond to you based on how you interact with it -
if you type, it responds silently, if you speak, it speaks back and
if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional
context because it assumes you might not have access to the screen.
-- Dual app storefronts preloaded for access to a huge selection of
apps for work and play:
-- BlackBerry World - BlackBerry World offers essential business
and productivity apps for professionals looking to drive
efficient communications and collaboration including Box,
Evernote, Cisco WebEx Meetings and Documents to Go.
-- Amazon Appstore - Discover and download popular Android apps and
games through the Amazon Appstore including Candy Crush Saga,
Pinterest, SoundCloud, Kindle and Amazon Shopping.
"We have been working closely with BlackBerry as a partner for years to offer their mobile solutions and services to our customers. With today's launch of BlackBerry Leap we are excited to have the latest touchscreen BlackBerry device available for our reseller partners and their mobile professional customers who want to achieve more. Privacy, security and productivity are important for them and this latest device complements our existing portfolio of BlackBerry products and services, including BES12, BlackBerry Value-Added Services, BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic," said Shailendra Gupta, Executive VP & President Ingram Micro Mobility.
For more information about the BlackBerry Leap, please visit www.BlackBerry.com/Leap.