BlackBerry has just announced the BlackBerry Leap joining its list of affordable smartphones offerings. In November we could witness the Canadian mobile manufacturer returning to its roots while releasing Blackberry Classic, another QWERTY phone, but today the company has gone back to making touch screen phones after the Z10 disappointment. Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, the BlackBerry Leap is a budget-friendly phablet belonging to mid-range league targeting at young professionals.
BlackBerry Leap Touch Screen Smartphone
Starting from the external design, all of us hoping to see a sophisticated body design can be a bit disappointed, since the new smartphone has nothing in common with the fancy Blackberry Passport. To tell you the truth its form factor and design language strongly resemble the original BlackBerry Z10. But, measuring 144 x 72.8 x 9.5 mm the textured chassis of the phone is slightly thicker than the one sported by the Z10. However, all in all the new BlackBerry looks noticeably more attractive than its predecessor.
Moving on to the hardware side, the BlackBerry Leap houses a 5-inch touch screen display with 720p of resolution which translates to 294ppi pixel density. Furthermore, it comes powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset with 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor paired with 2GB RAM. When it comes to memory capacity, its future users will get 16GB of built-in storage that can later be easily expanded up to 128GB via microSD cards.
The BlackBerry Leap arrived with an 8-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, LED flash and 5xzoom, capable of recording 1080p HD videos. Lights will be kept by a non-removable 2,800 mAh battery hidden under the textured black cover. The said battery is promised to deliver up to 25 hours of a really intensive usage.
Working on BlackBerry 10.3.5 OS the Leap comes with an advanced security options and a reliable Siri-like virtual assistant out of box.
When it comes to the BlackBerry Leap availability and pricing, the new handset is scheduled to enter the market in April labeled with an affordable price tag of $279 for a SIM lock free model with no long term commitments. If you can’t wait to put your hands on the device, try to make the awaiting less painful while watching the BlackBerry special promo video advertising the phone.