Blackberry launches Leap mid-range phone in UK

Blackberry today launched its new mid-range Leap smartphone in the UK, over a month after it was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month.

A replacement of the Z3, Leap should cost in the range of £180 at current exchange rates.

Weighing at 170g, the phone bears a 5 inch touchscreen with 294 ppi density. It runs on the Blackberry 10.3.1 operating system and its 1.5GHz dual-core CPU is powered by the MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. This suggests that though quick emails and multi-tasking won't be a problem, the phone may not handle video streaming and HD quality gaming with as much ease as modern quad-core smartphones.

With 16GB worth internal storage and a 2GB RAM, Leap does not contain a keyboard or a wheel that are traditional components of Blackberry phones. However, Blackberry insists that Leap was created with the needs of young power professionals in mind, offering plenty of storage and a powerful 2500 mAH battery that offers up to 25 hours of talk time.

Additional features that may interest you are a 128GB microSD slot, Blackberry maps, Document viewer, accelerometer, proximity sensor and email and BBM options.

Even though CEO John Chen stressed on the once-popular 'keyboard and touchscreen' look as Blackberry's USP and its torchlight to the future, today's launch suggests Blackberry may still want to compete with modern designs in the near future.

The phone is now available in pay-monthly plans with Vodafone as the network partner. You may choose from the following bundles:

Red Value 15GB Bundle:

Monthly- £37.50 plus VAT

Minutes- Unlimited

Texts- Unlimited

4G Data- 15GB

 

Red Value 8GB Bundle:

Monthly- £33.33 plus VAT

Minutes- Unlimited

Texts- Unlimited

4G Data- 8GB

 

Red 10GB Bundle:

Monthly- £33.33 plus VAT

Minutes- Unlimited

Texts- Unlimited

4G Data- 10GB

 

Red Value 4GB Bundle:

Monthly- £29.17 plus VAT

Minutes- Unlimited

Texts- Unlimited

4G Data- 4GB

 

Red 6GB Bundle:

Monthly- £29.17 plus VAT

Minutes- Unlimited

Texts- Unlimited

4G Data- 6GB

 

Red Value 2GB Bundle:

Monthly- £25 plus VAT

Minutes- Unlimited

Texts- Unlimited

4G Data- 2GB

 

Red 2GB Bundle:

Monthly- £25 plus VAT

Minutes- Unlimited

Texts- Unlimited

4G Data- 2GB

 

Standard 1GB Bundle:

Monthly- £20.83 plus VAT

Minutes- 1000

Texts- Unlimited

4G Data- 1GB

 

Standard 500MB Bundle:

Monthly- £18.33 plus VAT

Minutes- 500

Texts- Unlimited

4G Data- 500MB

 

All Red Value packs offer inclusive calls to the UK from Europe Zone as well as unlimited subscription to Now TV, Spotify premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV.

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