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BlackBerry Leap outed with edge-to-edge display and 25-hour battery

BlackBerry Leap
BlackBerry Leap

Updated: Vodafone has confirmed that the Leap will be come to its portfolio soon but only for business customers.

BlackBerry has pulled back the curtain on a new mainstream smartphone, the Leap, at MWC 2015.

According to the mobile maker's CEO John Chen, BlackBerry will target young mobile professionals - a key segment that is still eluding the Canadian phone maker - with the 5-inch device.

It comes with 4G functionality, an edge-to-edge HD display, BlackBerry's signature keyboard and a rather eye-catching 25-hour battery life thanks to its 2,800mAh battery.

Other features include a textured back, a Qualcomm SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera capable of recording at 1080p, BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS plus BlackBerry's own assortment of applications including Blend, Assistant and Hub.

Z-lister

BlackBerry aficionados will probably remember that the Z10, which launched more than two years ago, had exactly the same hardware (bar the lack of NFC and a bigger battery).

The Leap will arrive in April for Europe and the US. The handset will cost $279 (about £180, AU$360) SIM free. The Z10 was available for as little as £145 (about $220, AU$290) online after debuting at almost twice that price.

Chen reiterated BlackBerry's commitment to make more money out of its smartphones after the division started to generate meaningful revenue for the company.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.