Specs summary


The BlackBerry Leap's screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the BlackBerry 10 operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh battery.

BlackBerry Leap doesn't look spectacular on paper but in real life it is a decent phone worth considering.

- Anil Satapathy , The Mobile Indian 

The BlackBerry Leap smartphone is a plain workhorse with BlackBerry's productivity and security pedigree.

- Nate Ralph , Cnet 

Reviews summary

Based on 23 reviews

What's good  

  • Bright and responsive screen
  • Textured back offers great grip
  • Sturdy build quality

What's bad  

  • Aged processor
  • Display sharpness below current flagships

The Leap is BlackBerry's attempt to recapture the hip, young professional audience. Unlike other BlackBerry phones, the Leap has done away with the physical keyboard in favor of a full touch screen and digital on-screen keyboard. It shares the same black slab design as many smartphones but with sharper edges and a textured curved back. Not only do these design features add character, they also made it much easier for experts to grip. In addition to its aesthetic qualities, critics add that the Leap has a solid build quality and feels comfortable in their hand despite its dimensions of 5.7 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches.

The 4G Leap runs the latest BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS on its 5-inch display. With an HD resolution of 720p it provides a pixel density of 293ppi. While not the sharpest in comparison to newer flagship phones, reviewers describe it generally as "great" as it is bright, responsive and sensitive to touch.

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At the core of the Leap is an aged 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Despite its limited core numbers and lower clock speed, experts were able to perform basic and even graphics-oriented tasks with ease, mostly thanks to its Adreno 225 graphics processor unit (GPU). Still, they add that on paper it might turn away many users as it doesn't seem as powerful as even some budget Android phones available. With that said, it does come with a whopping 2GB of RAM to keep the phone running smoothly and 16GB of internal storage. It also comes with a microSD slot for additional storage, a 2,800 mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera that can take 1080p video and a 2MP front camera.

Overall, experts view the Leap as a decent smartphone for the price. TechRadar states, "The Leap is probably the best shot BlackBerry has to stabilize or even improve its…market share."

Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)


Outleapt by the competition

from Gearburn
Overall, the BlackBerry Leap isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either. On paper, the Leap has a range of incredibly attractive and interesting features. When you actually get a chance to use it I couldn’t help but feel completely disappointed with the overall experience. It’s a shame because I can see the potential in this Blackberry device... Full review

A Small Step for BlackBerry, a Huge Leap for Productivity

from Softpedia

If you're a BlackBerry fan, chances are you'll be impressed with this phone. If you're not, the Leap is intriguing enough to convince you to give it a try. But you might not understand its full potential until you truly know what BlackBerry is all about. The Leap is supposed to bring the magic of BlackBerry in a more affordable package and it certainly does that. Its role is not only to help the Canadian phone maker gain market share but also to give buyers more options to choose from.

The $275 price point is the one causing all the setbacks and that's something pretty much obvio... Full review


Far from ideal mid-ranger

from GSMArena
The BlackBerry Leap might not be the value-for money hit that will tempt thousands of Android users to switch, but it's not without its niche. Those that aren't installing too many apps and would appreciate a new experience then you might give it a second look. And if you are BlackBerry faithful that's yet to experience the full-touch version of BlackBerry 10, the Leap is a decent starting point... Full review
The Mobile Indian

Worth considering

from The Mobile Indian
The BlackBerry Leap, as I said earlier, isn't spectacular on paper. It doesn't have big figures in any department whatsoever. However, the BlackBerry Leap as a package is quite complete. Especially, from design point of view, it feels superb while giving satisfactory performance in others. At its current price of around Rs 21,000, the BlackBerry Leap isn't bang for bucks but if you want to have something different from the crowd and a classy device, go for it... Full review

A decent BlackBerry

from Techgoondu
The Leap is a decent BlackBerry touchscreen smartphone. The OS has matured with a crop of gestures that make a lot more sense. Unfortunately, the device is let down by its dated processor and cranky app support. Thankfully, most of these issues can be fixed through a software update or in later devices. Given the state of play in the smartphone space, strengthening support for Android apps beyond a “good enough” effort may just be the way for BlackBerry to catch up with the rest... Full review

16 days standby along with durable, good grip

from tech2
The Leap is a mixture of so many things but we feel that the firm is still banking on the enterprise-use approach which might not aid the sales of the device. The device is nowhere close to competition from Android, Cynanogen or Windows device. Plus it lacks a USP making the Leap look overpriced from certain angles. For blackberry die-hards, it’s a leap of faith... Full review
The Indian Express

The Leap is a good choice if you are looking for a mid-range BlackBerry smartphone

from The Indian Express
The Leap is a good choice if you are looking for a mid-range BlackBerry smartphone. This is also a good option for those looking to pick up a second phone purely for their work profile. .. Full review

A leap of faith

from tech2
The Leap is a mixture of so many things but we feel that the firm is still banking on the enterprise-use approach which might not aid the sales of the device. The device is nowhere close to competition from Android, Cynanogen or Windows device. Plus it lacks a USP making the Leap look overpriced from certain angles. For blackberry die-hards, it’s a leap of faith... Full review

This Leap falls short

from Cnet

The BlackBerry Leap looks and feels like a professional device, and packs all of the native security functionality that we've come to expect from BlackBerry. But if BlackBerry hopes to lure new users, or entice lapsed BlackBerry fans back into the fold, it's going to need to offer features that are competitive with competing platforms. It hasn't been successful on the app front, even with the inclusion of the Amazon app store. And the omission of a physical keyboard leaves out a feature that folks can't really get anywhere else.

If you don't care about the keyboard or the dearth... Full review


It’s hard to recommend the Leap at this price

from Phonedog

As an overall package, it’s hard to recommend the Leap at this price. Unless you’re an absolute BlackBerry diehard fan who won’t buy any other manufacturer’s products, it’s hard to see the value in the Leap. Its display and camera are poorer than a handful of great Android smartphones like the Idol 3 or OnePlus One, and with it running on BlackBerry, you’re limited by the number of apps that run well.

For me, BlackBerry’s strength has always been creating devices that inspire productivity and don’t distract you. With the Leap, the comp... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date April 17, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900/2100 MHz
1900/700/2100/850 /2600 MHz
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry 10

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8960 Dual core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.13 W/kg
Body: 0.997 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.4 x 7.3 x 0.9 cm
(5.7 x 2.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 170 grams
(6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser BlackBerry Browser
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Blackberry)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 5x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama, Self-timer, Burst shot, Time shift mode, HDR, Scene modes
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom 3x digital
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, QCP, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Documents to Go, Adobe Reader, Box, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
Included Software / Apps No
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