BlackBerry Q5: Budget Variant of Q10 Launched, To Hit Market in July

Few minutes back, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins unveiled the BlackBerry Q5 - a budget BlackBerry phone launched with an aim to lure the market of emerging countries including India. On stage at the annual BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando, Florida, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins introduced the new device, which officially features a physical QWERTY keyboard and runs on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system supporting high end phones like BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.

The Canadian Company BlackBerry claimed at the event that every feature, every part of the BlackBerry Q5 has been built to provide a fast, effortless experience that flows and moves with you to help you explore, create, and share while on the go. Meanwhile, the BlackBerry Q5 resembles the design of Q10 and features a 3.1-inch touchscreen display.

BlackBerry Q5: Budget Variant of Q10 Launched, To Hit Market in July

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BlackBerry Q5 Specification

The physical QWERTY keyboard backed BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will come with a 3.1 inch touchscreen, BB10 mobile operating system and decent Li-on bettery and a camera. All the specification of the smartphone has not been divulged by the company so far.

Further, the highlighted features of Q5 include BlackBerry Time Shift mode with which users can create and share their stories, weaving together the photos with BlackBerry Story Maker. It has its USP BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) chat and BBM Video conversation in this smartphone. Further the handset will come preloaded with BlackBerry Hub and BlackBerry World which now has access to 100,000 apps, the latest one added is Skype.

According to the CEO, the Q5 will be aimed at emerging markets, as BlackBerry sees an opportunity to infiltrate markets in which most people might not have a computer or laptop, but where they do need a smartphone.

Further, the new BlackBerry Q5 handset will come with the colour options of red, white, black and pink. So far there is no information on the price of the device but reportedly the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region) and Latin America with expected availability beginning in July.

Moreover, at the BlackBerry live conference in Orlando, the company also announced that it hopes to add BBM voice, BBM channels, screen sharing and video capabilities to Android and iOS platforms very soon. In the coming months, BBM will  expand its offering to Android ICS and iOS 6 devices alongside BB10.

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