Blackberry To Launch Four New Smartphones This Year


Blackberry devicesSmartphone maker Blackberry plans to launch four new devices this fiscal year . Among these include the Blackberry Leap, which has already launched in several market. Others are  The Slider, the Blackberry Oslo, an upgrade of the Passport or the popular Blackberry Classic and the high end Blackberry Porsche.

The Blackberry leap is a mid-range device seen as  an upgrade of the Blackberry Z3 and targeted at the emerging markets and  business users who don’t want a keyboard especially entry-level employees. The Leap is a 5-inch 720×1280 IPS LCD display, an 8MP rear camera, and 16GB of storage. It also has a microSD card slot upto 128GB and a 2800mAh battery that is capable of 25 hours of battery life.

Blackberry has previously stated that it will launch an out of the normal device every fiscal year. This was marked with the launch of  the Blackberry Passport, a smartphone with a square form factor but with very neat specifications in 2014. This year, Blackberry seeks to outdo themselves with the launch of the Blackberry Slider or Venice , a smartphone with sliding capabilities like the Blackberry Torch. The Slider is a dual curve, all touch display device with a sliding out keyboard and merges the old slide device technology and the current advancements of mobile phone technology. It features a 5.1-inch QHD display for 1,440 x 2,560 resolution, an octa-core CPU, 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras plus a 3,650mAh battery

The third device is called the Blackberry Oslo a successor of the Passport. The Oslo is set to feature a QHD display at 1,440 x 2,560. This will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor and should feature a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a 3,450mAh battery. It is rumored to hit the market by end of June.

 The Fourth device will be a a high-end handset produced in partnership with car manufacturer Porsche. The Porsche will have the same specifications as the Oslo.