Last year, we exclusively revealed BlackBerry would be gearing up to release a new all-touch smartphone later in 2015.
We learned the device would be a mid-range BlackBerry with the codename “Rio.”
Recently, it has been rumored the Rio codename will likely get dropped for a go-to-market branding as the “Leap” recent OS leaked files have shown.
We first captured a glimpse at the Rio/Leap in renders, which showed the device to be a more refined Z3. The camera slot being the only noticeable exterior difference.
Although, the internals are most certainly different than the Z3. Here’s the known BlackBerry Rio/Leap (STR100-1) specs:
- 295 PPI on a 5-inch 1280 x 720 display
- 2MP front facing, 8MP rear facing cameras
- 2800 mAh non-removable battery
- MSM 8960 Dual Core 1.5 GHz processor
- 2 GB RAM, 16GB Flash + Micro SD
- Penta Band LTE + 4G Hotspot
- Wi-Fi 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n
- BT 4.0 / DLNA / Miracast
- Dual Microphone
- Speaker phone
- 9.5 mm profile
And now onto the glamorous photos:
The BlackBerry Rio/Leap is apparently set to release in April/May of this year. Price point is still unclear, but we’ve speculated in an op-ed that if BlackBerry is smart it should be no more than sub $199.99.
Nevertheless, stay tuned for more on the Rio/Leap as we inch closer to Mobile World Congress 2015 and our upcoming coverage.