BlackBerry Leap now shipping in the U.S. and U.K.

BlackBerry Leap now shipping in the U.S. and U.K.
A little more than a week ago, we told you that the BlackBerry Leap was available for pre-orders in the U.K. Now, the latest smartphone from BlackBerry is shipping in the U.S. in addition to the U.K. This is far from being BlackBerry's highest spec'd phone. But with the latest and greatest build of BlackBerry 10 (10.3.1 to be precise) pre-installed on the device, it gives it certain features such as BlackBerry Assistant, which is a voice activated personal assistant like Siri, Google Now and Cortana.

The BlackBerry Leap also is equipped with BlackBerry Blend which allows you to view your phone's contents on your PC. BlackBerry 10.3.1 also comes with the Amazon Appstore for your Android app shopping needs, along with BlackBerry World for apps written with BlackBerry in mind. The device, which is being offered unlocked, also encrypts calls and offers protection from malware. The virtual QWERTY corrects mistakes in a flash. But perhaps the most outstanding feature for 'Berry fans is the 2800mAh battery which will give them up to 25 hours of heavy usage before conking out.

In the states, the BlackBerry Leap is $275 from BlackBerry and Amazon, and will work with T-Mobile and AT&T's pipelines. In the U.K., the Leap is priced at the equivalent of $298 USD including VAT. In Germany and France, the phone is priced at the equivalent of $310 USD (which includes VAT) and starts shipping tomorrow.

Ironically, the BlackBerry Leap is not yet available in BlackBerry's home country of Canada. It also is listed as "coming soon" in India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.


source: BlackBerry via Crackberry

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  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh

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24 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Mr. Executive's phone, are you alive...

2. KENTOZ

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

I didn't know blackberry still exist That's a good price, hope blackberry can be on top again FIGHTING

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22217; Member since: May 28, 2014

You didn't know BlackBerry still existed? Wow...well, if you only read from tech sites that focus on iOS and Android, I can MAYBE see how that's possible. Then again, I don't know how you've never heard of the BlackBerry Passport: http://us.blackberry.com/smartphones/blackberry-passport/overview.html

9. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

They will not have much time left

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22217; Member since: May 28, 2014

As if what you have to say really matters.

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

God willing, neither will you.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22217; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not really a fan of this handset as I'm used to using the BlackBerry Z30 and now the BlackBerry Passport, and this is just an updated BlackBerry Z3. However, this handset offers excellent "bang for your buck". Those of you that have actually used a BlackBerry 10 handset before know what I'm talking about. Those you that have not, and those of you that still equate BlackBerry 10 with BBOS7 don't know what I'm talking about and will simply troll (Lookin' at YOU ManCalledJane and Tom "I don't know what I'm talking about" Howard). For someone looking to experience BB10 on the inexpensive side, or for those in the intended market for this handset, it's an excellent choice. And for those of you that will most likely log on to post "BlackBerry is dead", "BlackBerry is dying", and so forth, read this: http://m.firstpost.com/business/blackberry-acquires-file-security-firm-watchdox-2205930.html Dying or dead companies don't make $100 million dollar + purchases of other companies.

15. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Blackberry isn't dead. It's just dead to consumers. They had one of the highest marketshares, and had a pretty good reputation and brand value. All that no longer exists. If they are to enter the consumer market again, they'd have to rebuild everything fresh.. create brand attractiveness, differentiation, provide compelling value, etc. Things that would have been preserved had Blackberry not just sat on it's big fat thumbs, twiddling them up its a**hole. In essence, Blackberry just sitting and not addressing things, has left a number of it's customers feeling abandoned and gave Blackberry a negative image. Many would still be enjoying Blackberry devices, had it not so stubbornly refused to address all the issues.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 22217; Member since: May 28, 2014

While I wouldn't say that BlackBerry is COMPLETELY dead in the consumer space, I do agree that management prior to John Chen screwed the company royally. They do indeed have a very small, "niche-like" presence in the consumer market. That's why I totally agree with John Chen focusing on the enterprise market. It's where BlackBerry is stronger than anyone. That's also why I agree with him having the company focus more on software and services as opposed to hardware. They need to focus on their strengths, shore up cash, and then make a good, strong push in the consumer space again.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

As MG mentioned, Lazaridis and Heins underestimated the appeal of the iPhone and BB suffered as a consequence. To this day, the quality of BB handsets are without reproach but the rep for being stodgy and being for Rich Old White Men only still haunts them. The quality, the functionality and the security are all still there, but it's like having a brunette against the Swedish Bikini Team. Personally, if the brunette is Sofia Vergara or Salma Hayek, you can keep the blonde bimbos.

5. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

This is a great phone for the cost and value. I own the z30 (very similar specs) and absolutely love the Blackberry 10 OS.

6. gaming64 unregistered

Now this is what a Blackberry phone should be! Not one of those fugly square Passports

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22217; Member since: May 28, 2014

Passport isn't about looks. It's about power, innovation, and the ability to get things done efficiently. Especially with its innovative PKB. The Passport will easily outperform The Leap. I personally find the Passport to also be one sexy beast. However, I'd choose substance over looks any day.

8. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I bet they have massive orders for this phone. Blackberry probably will not be able to keep it in stock. This is another sad story of Blackberry trying to be relevant in a market they are continuing to fail in. People and businesses have moved onto other platforms like Android that offer a much better experience and App Store. Android is a great for the business user and a true business phone like the Note 4 which is a beast. Forget this company doing anything in the future. They are just buying time and control fail each and everyday. The market leader in nothing.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22217; Member since: May 28, 2014

"....Those you that have not, and those of you that still equate BlackBerry 10 with BBOS7 don't know what I'm talking about and will simply troll (Lookin' at YOU ManCalledJane and Tom "I don't know what I'm talking about" Howard)." "And for those of you that will most likely log on to post "BlackBerry is dead", "BlackBerry is dying", and so forth, read this: http://m.firstpost.com/business/blackberry-acquires-file-security-firm-watchdox-2205930.html Dying or dead companies don't make $100 million dollar + purchases of other companies." You're a classic example of what I originally said in post #3. If BlackBerry is "the market leader of nothing" as you say, then post a link stating which company is the market leader in enterprise and in the automotive infotainment industry. I'll wait...

23. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Foxconn is making the Leap, so Blackberry is taking very little risk with inventories etc. Also, now that Blackberry 10 devices have Amazon's Android app store (and the Blackberry app store) there is no "app gap" imo. This is a great deal on a great phone with an even better OS.

12. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

I still have my z10 I'm thinking about getting a red passport or this BB Leap but I'm hoping they make a super high end phone with a 5inc all touch screen with specs like the passport

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Finally someone on the blackberry side that makes sense besides crispin at times. Give me a touchscreen with the specs of the passport. I don't want that boxy looking thing.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Good to see you've changed your ways and appreciate common sense. Yes, the Passport may look unusually wide but it's only 1/8" wider than my Lumia 1520. But the Passport isn't for the average consumer. I can be on the other side of the planet and grab files from my computer without sacrificing security via cloud servers. I can plug a jump drive, use the display as a Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad for my slate computer. The things a BlackBerry can do is amazing if you're not into Netflix and Twitter. A $50 Chinese Android can do that.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22217; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. The things a BlackBerry can do are certainly amazing. I much rather prefer a physical keyboard to an all touch device, and judging by the sales of the Passport and Classic vs their all touch devices, the user base that BlackBerry sells to primarily prefers them as well. The Passport isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean that those that like the Passports design don't make sense, as suggested by the one above you that changed his avatar. Different strokes for different folks.

21. gaming64 unregistered

Is that you, Mxyzptlk? O.o

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Opposite Day

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22217; Member since: May 28, 2014

I much rather prefer the design of the Passport as well as the physical keyboard. The design is unorthodox, but it's a breath of fresh air when compared to the sea of "me too", "tastes like chicken" slabs that populate the smartphone space.

24. Losifer

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I think the Leap would be great for those seeking to upgrade their z10.

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