Many BlackBerry fans have long been waiting for a slider powered by BB10, and they finally got a glimpse at the first one during a press event at Mobile World Congress today. Not only is it a slider, but it also has a dual-curved display just like the Galaxy S6 Edge.
That’s right — the new midrange BlackBerry Leap is far from the most exciting thing BlackBerry announced this morning. However, the Canadian company is keeping its new slider, which is codenamed “Keian,” very close to its chest for the time being.
So, we really know nothing about the device other than the fact that it has a slide-out keyboard and a dual-curved display — and, of course, is powered by BlackBerry 10.
BlackBerry also says it was designed in partnership with Porsche, but it doesn’t look like your typical Porsche Design BlackBerry device; it looks a lot like other BB10 devices, with an all-black form factor that seemingly has no metal accents or keys.
We’re almost certain Keian will be a flagship handset with the latest specifications, but for now, we can only await more information from BlackBerry. The company said this handset will be available in 2015, but it did not give a more specific timeline.
If you can’t wait for Keian, or you’re not interested in a slider, you may be interested to know that BlackBerry is also releasing three new BlackBerry Classic variants in white, blue, and bronze “soon.”