You get a 5″ HD display, dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, an 8MP shooter and a rich connectivity package – not the kind of specs to make a geek’s pulse race, but adequate for the mid-range that the Leap is targeting. The design is instantly recognizable – square edges, plastic unibody and dotted rear panel with a huge BlackBerry logo. It’s more of the classic kind, rather than modern or fresh, but that’s a good thing to say for a business-oriented phone.
- 5″ 720p LCD capacitive touchscreen, 294ppi
- Dual-core 1.5GHz Krait CPU, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 225 GPU; Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset
- 8MP autofocus camera, single-LED flash; HDR, Panorama
- 1080@30fps video recording
- 2MP front camera, 720p video recording
- 16GB of built-in storage, expandable via a microSD slot
- Cat. 3 LTE (100/50Mbps); Wi-Fi b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS with A-GPS; FM; microUSB
- 2,800mAh battery
- BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 with native Android app support (4.3 Jelly Bean API)
- BlackBerry OS 10 not quite as functional as major rivals
- Processor is decidedly underpowered
- Non-IPS screen
- No NFC
- Non-removable battery
The BlackBerry Leap is hardly a hero device set to lift the profile of the company – instead it’s a workhorse that should bring in some extra sales and help keep the maker afloat until it figures out its next strategic move. And on paper it looks capable of handling the task.