New BlackBerry Leap / Rio photographed again, could be launched in April

New BlackBerry Leap / Rio photographed again, could be launched in April
It seems that BlackBerry will soon release a new mid-range smartphone called BlackBerry Leap. Previously revealed under the name of BlackBerry Rio, the Leap today appeared in a set of live photos, which pretty much confirm the fact that the handset doesn't look too different from the BlackBerry Z3 (launched last year).

However, unlike the Z3, which sports a 5-inch display with 540 x 960 pixels, the BlackBerry Leap offers a 5-inch screen with 720 x 1280 pixels. It's also got better cameras (8MP on the back, and 2 MP on the front), more RAM (2 GB), and more storage space (16 GB, expandable). Other features include LTE connectivity, a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processor, and a 2800 mAh battery. The new BlackBerry handset is 9.5mm-thin, and it should be available in two color versions: black and white.

It's said that BlackBerry is planning to launch the Leap / Rio in April or May, possibly for around $200 (unlocked). We don't know if we'll see the new smartphone at MWC 2015 next week, but we're certainly let you know if we do.


source: N4BB

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51 Comments

1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

This is a terrible phone BlackBerry. Just cancel it. The Z30 is way better, and now, it is so affordable. Really call it Leap?????? Launch a high end full touch Z30 successor or stop it. The people already got affordable Z3, Z10, and even Z30

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22743; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. While I understand the purpose of this handset, I'm not feeling it either, especially with the Z30 being so affordable now. The name will probably be changed by the time it's released.

9. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

The problem with the Z30 is it does not support the two LTE bands I need for AT&T (17, 4). There was a model that did but after AT&T chose not to carry the Z30 it was not released as far as I can tell. So I would buy this to replace my tiny Z10.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22743; Member since: May 28, 2014

I actually own a working test unit of the AT&T branded BlackBerry Z30. I believe the unlocked Z30 STL100-5 supports these bands as these are the same bands needed for T-Mobile LTE. I know for a fact band 4 is supported.

20. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

When I look at the shopblackberry.com site it shows bands 4, 5, 7 on the initial page. But on the detail page it shows bands 3,7,20, 8 . AT&T does use some band 4 which i think is 1700 MHz but in most areas it seems to be band 17 which I think is 700 MHz.

25. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yeah, the lack of Band 17 (700MHz) was the deal-breaker for me on the Z30. Of course, I have had the Passport, Q10, and a couple of Z10's, but I prefer a full touchscreen, and the Z30, the phone I couldn't really use, was the one that fit my needs best. BB needs to get a true flagship touchscreen in their lineup, and stop using 2011-vintage SoCs in their phones (MSM8960 came out late 2011).

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 22743; Member since: May 28, 2014

We all know you don't own ANY BlackBerry 10 devices. Stop making stuff up. BlackBerry already has a true flagship with a touchscreen, it's called the Passport. It has a PKB because that's what the overwhelming majority of BlackBerry users prefer. You're not even a BlackBerry user, so don't try an post what BlackBerry should and shouldn't do. They can use whatever SoCs that they like, especially with the way the OS is optimized for the hardware. The iPhone users specs from 2011, I don't see you on one iOS article talking this crap.

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3186; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The 3rd picture clearly shows this won't work on AT&T LTE. Still, for $200 out the door and BlackBerry 10.3 it ain't a bad deal. The bump up from qHD to 720p and the 8MP camera is a nice alternative to the Z3. Personally, my eyes can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. Maybe on a 55" TV it might make a difference, but not on any current phone display.

11. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

What I really want is a phone similar to this but with 1080p screen and specs like the Passport.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22743; Member since: May 28, 2014

21. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Yes, I saw that. It looks interesting.

40. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

I agree. This is a low end touch device successor to the z3. I think Blackberry needs to look at a z30 successor (aka z50) which has a 5" - 5.5" screen and 3 GB RAM and a 13MP camera etc. The z30 is a great device (I own one), but it's more than a year old and has good hardware inside, but not compared to new Android models. I would like to see a z30 successor that competes with high end Android devices specs.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22743; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is a low-end successor to the Z3 and will be marketed as such and sold in markets where the Z3 is sold only.

5. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Except, the Z3 is apparently to date the single biggest flop of any BlackBerry 10 device. It was the longest selling new model last year and BlackBerry only managed to convince 5.8 million people to buy ANY model of BlackBerry in the whole of 2014. This means the Z3 sold in EXTREMELY low numbers. Worse then the Z10, Q10, Q5 and Z30 before it. So why try the same phone that didn't sell last year all over again this year? I mean, what's the point?

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22743; Member since: May 28, 2014

I believe your knowledge of how much the Z3 sold is way off, especially when comparing it to the Z10, Q10 and Q5. Post links backing up your statement, please. I also believe you may be off about BlackBerry only selling 5.8 million smartphones for ALL of 2014. Again, post links. The Rio is better spec'd than the Z3, so I don't know where you're getting this "same phone" stuff from. Re-read the specs on the Rio and the Z3 again, then compare.

10. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

That link doesn't show anything outside of market share. It says nothing about hard sales of the Z3. Try again.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22743; Member since: May 28, 2014

BobbyDigital is correct. There are no hard numbers for the Z3 there. BlackBerry's fiscal year also runs differently than others. Their fiscal year 2014 actually ended in 2015.

7. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

thats a beautiful phone

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Those bezels man. Those bezels.

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3186; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Hey, nothing's got bigger bezels than a 6+. Let's keep it real.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22743; Member since: May 28, 2014

Very true. +1.

29. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Want to keep it real? The 6+ is a more relevant phone. Should I continue keeping it real or do I need to stop now before it becomes really embarrassing for your side?

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 22743; Member since: May 28, 2014

Depends on which market you're talking about. If you're talking about the average consumer market, then maybe. But it seems like you're basing "relevancy" on "sales". Sales do not determine how relevant something is. But put the iPhone in the ENTERPRISE market, where it's sales don't mean SQUAT, and see a totally different picture. The BlackBerry Bold 9930, for example, is more RELEVANT than ANY iPhone in the enterprise market for the services it provides. And BTW, sales aside, the Passport is much more capable handset than the iPhone 6 and 6+ COMBINED. Now THAT'S keeping it real.

43. Mxyzptlk unregistered

There he goes again clutching onto the enterprise example like a little badge. When blackberry begins to become the most valuable company in the world with more cash than the United States then we'll talk. Until then remove your head out of your rear end.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22743; Member since: May 28, 2014

There you go again, jocking Apple's worth as if any of it was going into your pocket, wearing it on your sleeve like you do your virginity. Apple can be as "valuable" as they can be, but all of that "value" doesn't do SQUAT for them in enterprise. You should take your head out of Apple's bum long enough to face this fact.

46. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh god you and the enterprise comment. Funny how enterprise can't seem to make them profitable overall. As for virginity, we'll talk once you have stepped foot in the ballpark.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 22743; Member since: May 28, 2014

Oh God, you and the Apple profits comment. It's all you iOS fanboys have to fall back on. All of that profit, and they can't seem to really innovate, and now they're getting sued left and right for infringing on others IP. As for virginity, stay in your lane, virgin.

44. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3186; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

My 1520 still smokes my 6+ in every conceivable way. I don't use many apps but the ones I do use are much better on WP than on iOS. I'll admit the iOS versions look better but the functionality is not there. Most of the time it comes back to the fact that Apple doesn't see fit to put a back button on their devices. The 1520 has smaller bezels, a bigger display AND a trio of capacitive buttons. Relevance means nothing to me since all my phones are buried in cases and are meant to work, not show off. No local storage, no file sharing capabilities with other devices, no NFC for file transfer and a weaker battery does not equate superiority.

22. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

reminds me of LG BL40

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