BlackBerry’s sales in the smartphone department aren’t something that the brand is proud of, but there’s no denying the fact that its smartphones are quite popular among the business class. BlackBerry has launched a mid-range smartphone in India, named as BlackBerry Leap, for a price of Rs. 21,490.
The BlackBerry Leap is meant to cater to the mid-level corporate executives and has a good sturdy build quality. The device runs BB OS 10.3.1, which has the ability to side load Android apps so you need not worry about the lack of apps on BlackBerry’s own app store.
The mid-ranger has a 5-inch HD display and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. Honestly, the processor used in the device is now classified as old-school and we just don’t understand as to why BlackBerry has integrated Leap with such an old processor. Even the two and a half year old Nexus 4 has the same chipset with a quad-core CPU.
BlackBerry Leap specifications
- 5-inch display, 1280 x 720 pixels
- BB OS 10.3.1 and 2GB RAM
- Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 SoC, 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, Adreno 225 GPU
- 16GB internal storage, expandable with microSD card (by 128GB)
- 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 2MP front camera
- 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS with GLONASS
- Weighs 170 grams, and Measures 144 x 72.8 x 9.5 mm
- 2,800 mAh non-removable battery
The smartphone could have made a splash if it was launched for half the price than the actual. Yes, the security features provided by BlackBerry are probably the best in class, however, it lacks the value-for-money factor. The BlackBerry Leap will be available for purchase through online and offline retail chains.