BlackBerry goes budget with the QWERTY BlackBerry Q5

BlackBerry goes budget with the QWERTY BlackBerry Q5

BlackBerry has announced the QWERTY-based Q5, its third BlackBerry 10 release and one that's aimed directly at emerging markets.

The Q5 is based on the existing BlackBerry Q10, but is aimed at lower-end users, with what appears to be a plastic chassis and a choice of colours to suit its more everyman billing.

Judging by the images it appears the BlackBerry Q5 is the BlackBerry R10 we've been hearing rumours about, which was billed as a cheaper alternative to the Q10 with a plastic chassis.

We'll have to wait on the full specification to know for sure, but based on what BlackBerry boss Thorsten Heins has revealed during his BlackBerry Live keynote the two appear to be one and the same.

The keyboard sits beneath an identical 3.1in touchscreen as is found on the Q10, while all the standard BB10 features are present and correct, including BlackBerry Hub, BBM Video thanks to the front-facing camera, and BlackBerry Time Shift and Story Maker for imaging and video buffs.

“The BlackBerry Q5 gives you the best of everything with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality and a physical QWERTY keyboard,” Heins said in announcing the Q5.

“It is for youthful fans that are passionate, confident and bold, and it makes it easy for them to have fun, create, share and stay connected.” You said it, TH.

There's no word yet on price, but we're told the BlackBerry Q5 will be available in “selected markets” around the globe beginning in July. Colour-wise, you'll be able to choose from black, white, red and interestingly, pink.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 16:04

The bigger news (for some): BBM goes cross-platform this summer. Comes to IOS and Android for free.
I'd prefer the Q5, though :p Nevermind BBM...

Stelph  May. 14, 2013 at 16:21

Do you know, if Blackberry had made this dual sim I would snatch it up. Small and portable and fulfilling my office requirement for my work phone to be a blackberry (but me wanting to have a personal phone as well), its a shame theyre keeping away from the dual sim market

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 16:29

Don't think Blackberry is in a position to annoy network providers ;)
Given a decent price, you could always glue two together, back to back :p

mightyforest  May. 14, 2013 at 17:17

im guessing around £249?

JanSt / MOD  May. 14, 2013 at 18:10

Yeah, considering the 9900 and Q10's prices that seems realistic


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