Blackberry it seems has not entirely given up on its mobile hardware business. Blackberry has launched its latest offering, the Blackberry Leap smartphone in India at Rs. 21,490 and it starts retailing from today. The India launch closely follows the Leap’s launch in US and Canadian markets. It is aimed at “young business professionals” and follows in the footsteps of the Z10, Z30, Q10 as far as specifications are concerned.
The BlackBerry Leap was designed specifically for the young power professionals who see their smartphone device as a powerful and durable productivity tool that also safeguards sensitive communications, while on-the-go,” said Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director, BlackBerry India.“With BlackBerry Leap complementing the latest BlackBerry portfolio, including BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic, we continue to provide products and services that meet the needs of our consumer and enterprise customers.”
The Blackberry Leap features a 5-inch 720p HD display(294 ppi) and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Unfortunately it is powered by a dated 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chipset with Adreno 225 GPU and 2GB of RAM. This chipset was launched almost 3 years ago and has been used earlier as well in other Blackberry smartphones such as Classic and Q10. The device has an internal storage of 16 GB and it could further be scaled up to 128 GB via microSD card slot.
The handset runs latest Blackberry OS 10.3.1 and is backed by a 2,800 mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 25 hours of mixed usage. Coming to the camera, it houses an 8-megapixel rear camera along with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The device do offer 4G LTE connectivity, however, it does not support currently used TDD-LTE Band 40 in India. But on a positive note it does support FDD-LTE Band 3, which is likely to be used by other operators in future.
This mid-range smartphone was launched at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona earlier this year. Some reports suggest that Blackberry may soon launch two other smartphones with physical keyboard in India.