You could easily be forgiven to think BlackBerry was done pushing out new smartphones, especially with the availability of its popular BBM messaging app on other operating systems such as Android (already downloaded more than 100 million times) and iOS. But the Canadian company appears not ready to quit the smartphone market yet by bringing the BlackBerry Leap, a keyboard-less device, to the market.
BlackBerry Leap, a mid-range smartphone, is a full-touchscreen device, which means it comes without its maker’s signature external keyboard. It is equipped with fast and responsive BlackBerry Keyboard. The phone looks a lot like BlackBerry Z10 with a robust design and feel. With dimensions given as 144 x 73 x 9.5 millimetres, the Leap fits comfortably into your palm with a curved back ensuring firm grip.
Screen and Camera
The smartphone parades a 5-inch touchscreen with HD (720p) resolution and pixel density of 293 pixels per inch. The BlackBerry Leap is fitted with an 8-megapixel camera at the back, capable of recording Full HD (1080p) videos. Your selfie need is also covered with a 2-megapixel snapper on the front of the smartphone.
Software and Processor
Under the hood, the BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system is provided to facilitate the working of the Leap. This software is the latest version on the same one that was used for the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10, ensuring you can get all essential tasks done efficiently everywhere you are. A Qualcomm MSM 8960 processor clocked at 1.5GHz powers the BlackBerry Leap with graphics being handled by an Adreno 225 GPU. While the chip might seem rather old, it can still outperform many of the processors still being used on some other devices in the same segment.
BlackBerry Leap comes with 2GB of RAM to drive performance and internal storage memory of 16GB, expandable with a microSD. It packs a 2800mAh battery with capability to support as much as 25 hours of heavy use. The device comes with top-notch security features as well as useful apps like BlackBerry Assistant and Blend. Connectivity channels include Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB and Wi-Fi 802.11n (dual band).
Availability and Pricing
The touchscreen smartphone is expected to hit the market in April in some parts of the world. It will be available in white and grey at a suggested price of $279, equivalent to about N55,500 in Nigeria as at this time.