The company has been making wireless messaging/email-centric devices for more than two decades, and though it has recently lost nearly all of its market share to Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), BlackBerry is still producing a solid platform and worthy devices to help power users take care of business.
Without much fanfare BlackBerry has released its new Leap smartphone, a candy-bar shaped handset without a keyboard. The Leap is like an updated Q10, which was a larger version of the company's first modern-day device, the Z10.
BlackBerry is well aware that modern-day businesses can use Androids or iPhones to get things done but it's still making devices for the super-power-users of the world, who will hopefully appreciate how the company's latest Hub software system excels at handling numerous messaging accounts in a single, secure, easy-to-use app.
The Leap measures 5.67 by 2.87 by 0.37 inches and weighs 6 ounces. It provides users with a 5.0-inch HD display (1280 by 720 pixels, 294 ppi, 16:9), a 1.5 GHz, dual-core, Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD expansion card slot (up to an additional 128 GB), and 8 and 2 megapixel cameras back and front.
These are not the most impressive specs you'll see for a high-end smartphone. Obviously, BlackBerry thinks the components they've chosen deliver enough raw oomph to accomplish its goals.