BlackBerry Officially Announces the QWERTY-Packing BlackBerry Q5

BlackBerry Q5BlackBerry has introduced the all new BlackBerry Q5, a device that is meant to be “youthful and fun”, runs the BlackBerry 10 operating system and comes in a wide range of colors. We’ve seen leaked photos of this device a few times in the weeks leading up to BlackBerry Live 2013, but it has always went by the name “BlackBerry R10”. The name appears to be the only leaked detail that the rumors got wrong. Everything else seems to have been fairly accurate, but we’ll have to wait for BlackBerry to confirm a few more details before we can be sure.

Here is what we know so far. the BlackBerry Q5 will be available in Pink, White, Black and Red. It features a physical QWERTY keyboard with slightly smaller and more discrete keys than the spacious keys found on the BlackBerry Q10. The screen is also slightly different than that of the Q10; Both displays are the same 3.1 inches and pack in a screen resolution of 720 x 720 pixels (328 Pixels Per Inch), but they differ in the technologies used. The BlackBerry Q5 uses a Thin Flim Transistor Liquid Crystal Display (TFT-LCD), while the Q10 uses a Super AMOLED panel.

The rest of the BlackBerry Q5 specs such as processor, available RAM and battery size remain unconfirmed for now. The often leaked BlackBerry R10 gives of us a lot of hints, but I’ll wait for BlackBerry to confirm what the Q5 actually uses before publishing anymore details. For now, you can learn more about the BlackBerry Q5 by reading BlackBerry’s full press release below.


Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today introduced the BlackBerry® Q5, a new youthful and fun BlackBerry® 10 smartphone for selected markets. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard with discrete keys in a stunning youthful design that is confident, fun, and bold. 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.

“BlackBerry is excited to bring a new BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5, to our customers in selected markets around world,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. “The BlackBerry Q5 gives you the best of everything with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality and a physical QWERTY keyboard. 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.”

As part of the BlackBerry 10 experience, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone offers a powerful and unique mobile computing experience that continuously adapts to your needs. Features and apps work seamlessly together, allowing your every move to flow into the next. Highlights of the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone include:

The evolution of the classic BlackBerry Keyboard

The BlackBerry Q5 features a classic BlackBerry Keyboard with discrete keys that has been re-engineered and elegantly designed to help you type fast, accurately and with the least amount of effort. Plus with Instant Action shortcuts you can type to perform tasks faster. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone gives you the best of both worlds – a classic QWERTY keyboard for optimized communications and a 3.1” touchscreen for all the rest.

Create the perfect shot with BlackBerry Time Shift mode and Story Maker

Create the picture perfect shot with BlackBerry® Time Shift mode, then create and share your story, weaving together your photos, videos and music into a movie with BlackBerry® Story Maker.

Share and be seen with BBM Video with Screen Share

Instantly switch your BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) chat to a BBM Video conversation and catch up face-to-face. You can even share your screen, whether it’s a photo, a page in the browser, an idea, or a view from your camera.*

Stay close to what’s important to you with BlackBerry Hub

With BlackBerry® Hub, all of your messages and social conversations are only one swipe away. There’s no need to stop what you’re doing. Simply peek into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere with a swipe to effortlessly flow in and out of your messages and conversations.    

BlackBerry World delivers a rich, thriving app and content ecosystem

Discovering and sharing great apps and content is easier than ever with recommendations based on similar purchases, and access to more than 100,000 apps on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront.

Pricing and Availability

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.

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Source: BlackBerry