BlackBerry’s Leap smartphone is now up for pre-order

The BlackBerry Leap smartphone which is the first all-touch release we’ve seen in over a year has finally been made available for pre-order across multiple locations. Currently, the device is open to customers in the US, the UK, Germany and France with more locations to follow soon.

What’s interesting is that the company’s own hometown which is Canada isn’t part of the initial wave of markets, notes CrackBerry. The BlackBerry Leap was launched just last month, but its existence was known for quite a long time owing to leaks and rumors. The handset isn’t a high-end release, but a successor to the entry-level Z3 which was released in 2014.

BlackBerry Leap

Visually, the BlackBerry phone doesn’t look much different compared to its predecessor. The handset is being touted with high security features and also the latest software the company has to offer. The BB 10.3.1 OS comes preloaded and it also tags along the Amazon Appstore for getting Android applications and other tools such as Blend and Assistant.

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There’s also built-in malware protection and support for encryption to keep your data safe. On the hardware front, the Leap is a mid-range release with a disappointing CPU. The company has gone with a pretty outdated dual core 1.5GHz Snapdragon SOC. Apart from these features, the phone has a 5-inch HD display, 2GB RAM and a 2800mAh battery promising up to 25 hours of heavy usage.

BlackBerry Leap quick specs overview:

– OS: BB 10.3.1
– Storage: 16GB internal, 128GB expandable
– RAM: 2GB
– Display: 5-inch 720p HD panel
– Camera: 2MP front, 8MP rear
– Battery: 2800mAh
– Processor: 1.5GHz dual core

You can preorder the BlackBerry Leap at $275 in the aforementioned locations through this link.

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