Blackberry Leap: Mid-Range Smartphone with 5 Inch Touchscreen

BlackBerry may have put emphasis on its traditional design in the current path to recovery but its latest mid-range offering is an all-touchscreen phone called the Leap. The new device comes with a blockish design, similar to the Z3.

The display stands at a generous 5” with 720p resolution, which runs the latest OS v10.3.1.

Underneath, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor straight from 2012. We really would’ve like (and expected) something like a Snapdragon 415 in this range. That’s coupled with 2 GB worth RAM and 16 GB internal expandable storage.

At the back lies an 8 mp camera capable of 1080p video and 5x zoom. A 2mp camera is found at the front too. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0 LE and 4G LTE. A 2,800 mAh battery completes the package.

The phone will cost $275. For that price, the competition is really serious and we don’t really think the dual-core S4 Plus processor with really cut it today. Especially since its several years old now.

Blackberry Leap Specifications:

  • CPU: 1.2 Ghz dual-core Krait
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus
  • OS: BlackBerry 10.3.1
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G
  • Design: 9.5 mm thick, textured back cover
  • Display: 5” with 720p resolution (294 ppi)
    • Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 2 GB
    • Internal: 16 GB
    • Card slot: expandable via microSD by 128 GB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 8 mp camera with LED Flash, 1080p video recording and 5x digital zoom
    • Secondary: 2 mp 720p
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Radio, GPS, LTE
  • Battery: 2,800 mAh
  • Price: $275