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The BlackBerry Leap

Meet the BlackBerry Leap. You'll probably notice the distinct lack of a physical keyboard. That's the norm for modern smartphones, and BlackBerry is hoping the fresh look and productivity-driven platform will lure young professionals to the brand.

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The Leap is running BlackBerry OS 10.3.1. It includes the Android app store, though it's missing many of the most popular apps you'd find in the official Google Play Store.

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The phone's plain, no-frills design is arguably rather professional; a textured back  makes things easy to grip. The 2,800mAh battery isn't removable.

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At 0.37 inch thick (9.4 millimeters) it's not exactly svelte, but certainly not cumbersome.

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The 8-megapixel camera on the rear isn't especially impressive.

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Pop open this flap to access the SIM and microSD card slots. The Leap can support up to 128GB microSD cards.

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The volume controls sit on the right side. That button in the middle calls up the BlackBerry Assistant -- just press and hold it to start issuing text or voice commands.

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The lock button sits up top.

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The phone charges and transfers files through a standard Micro-USB port.

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