If you’ve been using one of the newer BlackBerry 10 devices like the Z10, Q10, BlackBerry Classic or the Passport, you’re probably excited about what the underdog will come up with next.
Well the wait is over, and while BlackBerry’s latest phone isn’t a stellar flagship that can stand-off against the best of today’s Android hardware, it’s a pleasant surprise with decent specifications and an equally decent price ($200) to boot.
We’re talking about the BlackBerry Leap, which comes with a 5 inch display, 1280 x 720 resolution, 2 GBs of RAM and 16 GBs of internal (expandable) memory. While the Snapdragon processor BlackBerry is using in their phones has aged, it still performs reasonably well with BlackBerry 10, and the Leap will come with BB OS 10.3.1 pre-installed.
Appearance wise, the BlackBerry Leap isn’t very inspiring and focuses on a business-like sleekness which reminds us of the recent Z3 and its older sibling, the Z10. Nevertheless, on its own its a no-nonsense design which should appeal to people who like their phone’s straight and simple.
If you’re wondering what the latest version of BlackBerry Operating System offers, you should check out our post on the BB OS 10.3.1 update. Some of the features you can look forward to include BlackBerry Assistant and BlackBerry Blend, both of which will enhance your BlackBerry experience. Meanwhile, you should also watch the video below for the official hands-on.
As for running Android apps, BlackBerry Leap should be no different with BB OS 10.3.1 supporting all major Android apps. The Amazon App Store will probably come preloaded along with the BlackBerry App World. If you still want to access Google’s Play Store on your BlackBerry Leap, you can view our tutorial to install Snap on your BB and download Android apps.
If you look at the latest BlackBerry phone compared with oldies like the Z10 or the Q10, you’re not going to find much difference in the performance and overall functionality because all the BB 10 devices have now been updated to the latest version of BB OS. However, you may be attracted by the large display and even if you’re a hardware keyboard person, BB OS’s on-screen keyboard works well enough to merit a try.
So what do you think about the new BlackBerry Leap? It’s probably not going to make you switch or downgrade from your Passport, but its an attractive offering for consumers who might be tempted to give BlackBerry a try (and likely stay). With its budget price point, decent specs, large display and even better performance thanks to BB 10.3.1, the BlackBerry Leap should appeal to more consumers who have so far stayed away from BB.
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