BlackBerry Leap makes its official entry: 5" all-touch phone with long battery life

BlackBerry Leap makes its official entry: 5" all-touch phone with long battery life

The BlackBerry Leap has made its official entry: the new 'Berry features a 5-inch HD all touch display (there is no physical QWERTY keyboard in this phone) and brags about having a 25-hour battery life.

The BlackBerry Leap sports the fairly quaint Snapdragon S4 Plus system chip with 2GB of RAM and 16 gigs of internal storage. It's the battery life that the company touts as one of the hallmark features of the new phone, though, as it has a 2800 mAh battery pack. With all the sleek newly unveiled devices, though, the Leap strikes an impression of being quite thick with 9.5mm of thickness and a weight of 170g. There is both a rear and front-facing camera: the rear, main one, has an 8-megapixel sensor.

BlackBerry Leap features

BlackBerry Leap features

The Leap runs on BlackBerry OS 10.3.1, which puts the focus squarely on BlackBerry's strongest feature: security. The phone also sports BlackBerry Hub, the Amazon Appstore, and you can install Android applications on it.

BlackBerry has also released a new video running through all the essential details around its new Leap: take a look at them right below.

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36 Comments

1. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Snapdragon S4 plus??? SNAPDRAGON S4 PLUS??? IN 2015??? WHAT THE ACTUAL F***??? O.o Wouldn't the battery life be better IF they used a newer Snapdragon? o.O *And here I am crying over my L1020 with S4 plus*

2. heysamad

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Ifkr. Atleast Snapdragon 410. Like wtf?

3. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE! :D

4. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

There is an actual reason for this. They still have 5 million Snapdragon S4 in their factory, along with the phone PCB because people don't want their phone anymore. They just recycling the old model with new model number.

30. ThirdEye

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

How do they assume that people will buy this if they had rejected it earlier? Looks like similar internals as the Z30. Hardware does actually matter. Add to it now, BES is available on non-BB platforms like Android, iOS which makes this even more baffling. I do not expect the most powerful, but at least use a mid end SOC of 2015 rather than a high end from 2013.

31. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

I guess they were live in alternate universe, and no wonder they've been doing bad lately. Contrary what PA said in a few days back, they even slump pretty bad in venezuella. gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-VE-monthly-201201-20​1501 with BB only produce 7% of internet trafic in venezuela.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

Internet traffic, monitoring web browsers...in no way, shape or form determines market share. I've already debunked this story of yours the last time you put up something similar when you were under the guise of "SaintHelena". Try again.

35. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

z30 has a much much much better internals : S4 Pro dual core with Adreno 320. Z10, Q10 and this Leap has S4 plus and Adreno 225 (like on Galaxy S3)

5. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

at least S4 Plus and 2 Gb of ram keep the same set-up like Q10 and Z10 series. So we certainly know that the Q10 and z10 will keep getting update ha ha ha !

7. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

in your dream. they in deep trouble right now, and can't do that kind of charity

12. hawbman

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

My Z10 was getting 10.3.1. Yes, BlackBerry updates their old hardwares.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

In YOUR dreams. BlackBerry updated ALL of their older BB10 hardware to 10.3.1. Stop spreading your FUD, especially since you have no idea what you're talking about, SaintHelena.

36. ThirdEye

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

Actually BB has been good in updating its phones. I bought a unlocked Z10[STL-3] directly from them (the best 199$, I spent on a phone) and liked it. I liked its gesture based navigation and since I brought it directly from Blackberry was getting updates directly from them. I was able to run Android applications through the emulation layer. Only now we have Amazon App store. But at that time, I used the 1Mobile Market which had atleast all the Android apps that I was using that time. I was basically able to install all the apps that I was using and did not see a noticable drop in the speed of the application. Infact 1 mobile used to alert even when an updated APK is available and it did have some quirks updating now and then, but overall it was fine. I had a really nice experience for 4 months, till I cracked the screen as it fell out my pocket on to a tiled floor. The way Z10 is designed, a single crack in the screen screws the digitizer making the phone totally impossible to interact with. (The advantage is that the replacement unit is actually cheap compared to other phones)So, I went back to Android with a LG G2. But for the short time I had the Z10, I was impressed.

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

design is getting there, needs alot more but its getting there.

25. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Really love the design, but with with this crappy specs.

6. GeekMovement unregistered

Blackberry: "...and right behind that display is a 2800mAH battery that will keep you powered for a full day... but(!) that doesn't make it a thick device. We kept it nice and thin..." PA: "With all the sleek newly unveiled devices, though, the Leap strikes an impression of being quite thick with 9.5mm of thickness and a weight of 170g." lol, made me smile. The Blackberry Leap does look nice, but I'll look forward even more to their next device with specs closer to flagship models these days.

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2525; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Which is kinda weird since it's still slimmer than the M9...

10. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

How in the world can they get their hands on so many ancient socs?

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3059; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Leftovers. It makes perfect sense when you consider these chips were good then and they're good now. Why? Because BB OS10 simply doesn't require those bleeding-edge specs. They bumped up the display size and beefed up the battery which were the main cons against the Z10. When you're in survival mode as BlackBerry has been under Chen's stewardship, compromises need to be made. Keep the price low enough to entice buyers and slowly build your share to a profitable level. The Enterprise sector is actually growing for BlackBerry with their services so they have breathing room to play around with their mobile hardware division. I like what I'm seeing so far. Not enough to get me away from my Lumia 1520, but it's getting there. They're a good camera module away.

26. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

That's the big problem with these BS Oems, they don't want to give you the very best, but something that works. I would love this if it had the S805, with 3gb Ram.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

Name one low end device with an S805 and 3 gigs of ram.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Eh I think I'll pass. The age old snapdragon and the chunky size kills it for me.

17. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Eh I don't think you'll buy this if it has SD810.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

Like you would buy anything without an Apple logo on it.

13. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

So it's like a huge Z10.... i think the Z10 still works the best and more compact!

14. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

So it's like a huge Z10.... i think the Z10 still works the best and more compact!

15. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

This is obviously a low to mid-range phone and probably not for the U.S. If it goes for under $300 unlocked I think it can sell.

16. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

So you'll buy this if it sells for $299?

18. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Yes to replace my Z10 which is really a better spec phone but the screen is too small. I really want that new slider though. This is all assuming the phones works with AT&T LTE bands.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21159; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't know what all the fuss is here from individuals that wouldn't even purchase this device to begin with. This is a replacement for the Z3, BlackBerry's low end offering. BB10 doesn't require uber-specs to function just like a flagship.

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