What’s technology if not upgraded to keep with the times? What use is a Smartphone if not made available to the masses? Keeping in mind the necessity of today’s multitasker to have a Smartphone, BlackBerry, earlier this year had announced that it is going to launch a new mid-range smartphone. The announcement was made at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) held in Barcelona. While Blackberry dint not reveal the exact launch date at the MWC, recent news suggest that it will be launched in India on May 12th. With this new model, which is name ‘Leap,’ the company aims to take a giant-step in wooing the middle-class customers.
According to internet sources it will be priced at Rs.21, 490. So what is it about the BlackBerry Leap that is creating so much buzz in the mobile phone market? Read on to find out…
The phone sports a 5 inch capacitive touch screen with a display resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The company has provided the phone with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for some added protection and durability as phones these days are known to endure the rough and tough usage.
It is powered by Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset with a Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU. The powerful processor along with the 2 GB of RAM will ensure smooth multitasking, quick app switching, and an overall fluid operating experience. On the graphics front, it comes with the Adreno 305 GPU for a good gaming experience. It has an in-built storage capacity of 16 GB which if not enough, can be supplemented by another 128 GB using the microSD card slot. The BlackBerry Leap runs on the latest iteration of BlackBerry OS- 10.3.1. It will support Android apps and will have both, the Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry World.
Every Smartphone needs a good camera. The Leap sports an 8 MP primary camera, 3264 x 2448 pixels, which has autofocus and LED flash. It can record HD videos of 1080p@30fps. The selfie lovers can rejoice as the secondary front camera sports a 2 MP, 720p camera. The front camera will make efficient video calling possible too.
The phone comes with a Li-ion 2800mAh non-removable battery that assures up to 25 hour of power even with heavy usage. As far as connectivity options are concerned, it offers all the standard connectivity options that you would find in a smartphone including Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, Hotspot, microUSB v2.0, and 4G LTE. The user will be able to browse the internet, download or upload, and make VOIP calls with ease, without any lags or glitches. Like every decent touchscreen phone, this one too comes with a proximity and accelerometer sensors.
The BlackBerry Leap wasn’t the only announcement at the MWC. The company said that they will be launching two more Smartphones with a physical keypad over the next couple of months. One of these is expected to be a high-end phone with a keyboard behind a slide, temporarily named ‘The Slider’.
With its market share slowly dipping, it will be interesting to see how the once most popular brand in the mobile phone segment markets and sells its new range of products. For the time being, we can watch the story of the ‘Leap’ unfold and see if it helps BlackBerry make a leap into the consumer’s heart.