BlackBerry took to Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 to announce a 2015 roadmap consisting of four devices: the BlackBerry Leap, another Porsche-designed handset, a keyboard-based smartphone and a phone with a dual curved screen.
The Leap will have an edge-to-edge, five-inch HD display and offer 25 hours of battery life. It will run BlackBerry 10 3.1 out of the box, with access to both BlackBerry World and the Amazon app store.
It will also support the likes of Blend, aka BlackBerry’s personal assistant, and comes with built-in encryption and malware protection.
Due to land in April, the Leap is purportedly aimed at young professionals and is pitched somewhere between an entry-level and mid-range product.
Not much was revealed BlackBerry's forthcoming keyboard-based device, only that it is due this summer time.
See the new BlackBerry Leap in action in our hands-on video below:
Another unexpected handset with a Samsung Galaxy Edge-style dual curved screen was briefly shown on stage. It's said to arrive sometime this year and features a slide-out keyboard that appears from behind the screen.
BlackBerry hasn’t produced a slider keyboard-based phone for a number of years, and has yet to bring one to market running its BlackBerry 10 OS.
The company's last efforts were the BlackBerry Torch range, which teamed a keyboard and a touchscreen that could be hidden from the other.
Completing BlackBerry's line-up for 2015 is a Porsche collaboration, codenamed the Keian, details of which are anyone's guess right now.