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BlackBerry leaps into Africa

June 11, 2015 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top Stories

BlackBerry Leap Nigeria South Africa

Martin Fick, senior product manager, BlackBerry South Africa. (Image Credit: Darryl Linington).

BlackBerry Limited has launched its latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Leap, in Nigeria and South Africa. According to the mobile device manufacturer, the BlackBerry Leap features the BlackBerry 10.3.1 operating system, and a five-inch HD display. Additionally, the company revealed that its latest smartphone offers more than a full day’s battery life.

According to the company: “With up to 25 hours of heavy use, the BlackBerry Leap will power through even your most demanding day.” Additionally, the company revealed that the BlackBerry Leap comes standard with support for encryption, built-in malware protection, and back-up, wipe and restore features.

BlackBerry has done away with the traditional keyboard and revealed that the BlackBerry Leap will feature a touchscreen keyboard, which features error correction, and multi-language support.

Much like the BlackBerry Z3, the BlackBerry Leap features Android App compatibility. The device also features The BlackBerry Assistant, which according to the company, is its first digital assistant that can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications.

According to Martin Fick, senior product manager, BlackBerry South Africa: “The Leap is currently available at Vodacom Stores within South Africa; however, other mobile operators will begin to offer the smartphone over the next few weeks.”

Orange is currently selling the device for R3990 ($323 USD dependent on exchange rate). In Nigeria, online retailer, Jumia, is selling the device for NGN 67,000 ($336 USD dependent on exchange rate).

Darryl Linington

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