Looks like BlackBerry has released a new 5-inch smartphone with 720-pixel touchscreen and a standard rectangular shape. Called BlackBerry Leap, the new device doesn’t have impressive features that will make it stand out.
Probably, this is a good thing, at least according to the company. BlackBerry has claimed that the Leap was made especially for “young career builders” who never owned an older version of BlackBerry, featuring a keyboard-equipped hardware.
So, even if this device is aiming a different type of clients, the Leap is still offering its secret key to success: a secure, business-focused productivity platform.
BlackBerry Leap will be available at the cost of approximately 300 dollars. For starters, the phone will be available only in the UK, but it will also be later available globally, according to company’s website. The Leap will come equipped with BlackBerry OS 10.3.1, which features some improvements on background apps and multitasking.
However, there are many things that BlackBerry has to improve on app selection, but fortunately, BlackBerry 10 devices can run Android apps, or download a selection from the Amazon app store, which can be found on the new Leap.
To be mentioned that the biggest change that will be found on BlackBerry Leap is the keyboard. The new Leap has ditched the physical keyboard and introduced a virtual one. This new keyboard comes with many improvements, supporting multiple languages and correcting user’s typos. However, generally it behaves like a usual virtual keyboard that can be found in several modern phones.
One of the most important things is that without a physical keyboard, the phone will have a larger display. To be mentioned the BlackBerry’s screen is very bright, even if it comes with a 1,280×720-pixel resolution, which is known to be a little low comparing with other modern smartphones.
The phone is a little heavy and chunky, but it feel comfortable in the hand and it doesn’t show any discomfort in one-hand typing. It features a 2,800mAh battery and it will go up to 25 hours of battery life. It is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8960 processor, which makes the phone run very smooth and without any lag.