BlackBerry Leap is the latest smartphone from BlackBerry. The phone is targeted to the young professionals who might or might not have used the previous device from BlackBerry, the version which comes with the keyboard as well as those who still needs BlackBerry secure and business-focused productivity platform.
BlackBerry Leap runs on BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 which comes with improvements such as multitasking feature and the background apps management feature. The good news is that BlackBerry 10 devices can run Android apps! However, instead of downloading it from Google Play Store, you need to download from Amazon app store which is preloaded into the device. Another way is to have the APK file sideloaded into the device.
BlackBerry comes with a 5-inch, 720p touchscreen and a bog-standard rectangular shape. Instead of having physical keyboard, it comes with virtual keyboard, complete with auto-correct and it supports multiple languages. However, it does feel chunky with 0.37 inch thickness but it is really not that difficult to hold on the hand.
For the processor, BlackBerry runs on 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8960 processor and a 2,800mAh battery which should last for 25 hours in low usage. BlackBerry Leap is available in UK on April 29 for $300. You can also purchase it directly from BlackBerry website if you reside outside UK.
It seems like BlackBerry will not throw its signature QWERTY keyboard concept anytime soon. The new BlackBerry Slider is rumored to come with a keyboard which slides out from behind the touchscreen display. We will look forward to that!