The BlackBerry Leap launched in Canada today, BlackBerry’s first touch screen phone since it launched the Z30 almost two years ago.

The absence of the famous physical keyboard has the phone aimed at "young career builders", according to the company. The new Smartphone is being offered as a cheaper alternative to consumers who want a touch screen but don't want to pay the higher price of a Samsung Galaxy device or an iPhone.

The Leap is available for free when users sign a two-year contract with wireless carriers. Without a contract it is retailing for $349.

Features on the Leap include a 5-inch HD display, a 25-hour battery life, 16 GB of storage and an 8-megapixel camera.

The BlackBerry Leap will be available from BlackBerry's own web store, and a variety of wireless carriers in Canada, including Telus, Rogers, Bell, Wind Mobile, and Sasktel.