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The Blackberry Leap - Our Review
BlackBerry unveiled an interesting new smartphone at this year's Mobile World Congress aimed up young, up and coming business users. It's called the BlackBerry Leap. Let's have a look at what it offers.
The first thing you should know is that the Leap is a completely touch-screen smartphone - no keyboard, like with so may other Blackberry devices. With regard to that touchscreen, it's 5-inches, LCD and comes with a resolution of 720 x 1280, delivering a decent pixel density of 294 pixels per inch.
In terms of its innards, the Leap is powered by respectable dual-core Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor along with 2GB of RAM. It features a decent 16GB of built-in storage which is expandable up to a maximum of 128GB with the use of a microSD card. There's also a hefty battery inside which tops 2800mAh giving the Leap a fantastic 24 hours plus of pretty heavy use.
Running on the latest BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system, the BB Leap will have the advantage of some new and improved features. These include handy information on the Lock Screen, speedy access to quick settings, an upgraded Action Bar which comes with the most popular functions, BlackBerry Blend so you can access your messages, documents, contacts and calendar on any device and BlackBerry's new virtual assistant called BlackBerry Assistant which can be used by the touchscreen or by voice.
Other enhancements for BlackBerry 10.3.1 are better camera software, some useful Meeting Modes and a new BB Hub. The new operating system also comes with the Amazon Appstore preloaded.
Camera-wise, the main camera on the rear of the Leap has an 8-megapixel lens and features autofocus and an LED flash. On the front, the BB Leap sports a 2-megapixel camera.
All in all, the Leap is a reasonably priced, mid range device. For a business user looking for an affordable phone and for whom Blackberry's famed security appeals, it's a great choice.