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.