The Canadian company has unveiled a new BlackBerry smartphone Leap. The gadget is a small update BlackBerry Z10 (review), and of the interesting features can be identified routinely work for a long time smartphone company. However, a major announcement was the prototype of the slider with a curved on both sides of the screen.
Head of smartphones Louks Ron (Ron Louks) directly during the conference took out a device that is a kind of compilation of multiple devices. We slider hides a full-size keyboard, similar to those of the flagship BlackBerry Passport, gadget company describes as a “curved on both sides of the touch screen with a keyboard” – better yet his name does not come up, but it is the prototype.
The display resembles that in a recent Samsung GALAXY S6 Edge. Given the already not a small cost as Passport and technological Korean leader, we can assume that the “curved on both sides of the touch screen with a keyboard” will be very expensive smartphone. At the very least, to reduce the cost of technology “bending” of the screen.
The prototype seems frighteningly huge Unfolded, but may be the choice for those users who do not confuse largely and who wants to get a physical keyboard on par with multimedia features large touchscreen smartphones.
Also, a new smartphone BlackBerry Leap – another attempt to succeed in the market sensor devices. Technically, the gadget is rather representative of the middle segment and clearly not up to the flagship Passport: there are 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz (the same as in the BlackBerry Z10) 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal expandable (up to 128 GB) of memory, the main camera news – 8 megapixel. As the operating system uses a proprietary BlackBerry OS 10, which is inherent in managing gestures.
Smartphone sufficiently thick – 9.5 mm – although this is offset by a high capacity battery 2800 mAh. The company assures that the device can work up to 25 hours on a single charge in active use. But weighs smartphone, indeed, many – as many as 170 grams. Dimensions of new items – 144×72,8×9,5 mm.
The smartphone will be available in April for $ 275.
Talk about the prospects for both smartphones is very difficult, because the company was not given to be successful in the market of touch devices. Yes and sale as a whole can hardly be called high. Manufacturer steadily losing market share of smartphones – according to the report, the company’s share in the international market for the year fell from 1.9% to 0.4%, and in quantitative terms for 2014 were sold about 5.8 million smartphones, even though in 2013 this the figure was 19.2 million.
Perhaps future flagship (if at all gets prototype to mass production) will be the first step to the return of former glory, if the company is able to offer a truly useful features, and not just for the sake of flexural bending and keyboard for the keyboard.