BlackBerry hosted an event today during which the company announced a new smartphone running the latest version of the BB platform. The BlackBerry Q5 will go on sale in July and will be available in select markets in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Pricing is not known yet, but we expect the device to be sold at much lower price than both the Q10 and Z10.
BlackBerry Q5 QWERTY Keyboard Phone
The BlackBerry Q5 will be offered customers four color options: black, white, red, and pink. Just like the Q10, the handset sports a full physical QWERTY keyboard. While physical keyboard is becoming less common, especially in smartphones, over the years it has become a trademark for BlackBerry phones. Apparently, the keyboard has been re-engineered to allow faster and more accurate typing. It is also equipped with Instant Action shortcuts to facilitate communication even further. The keyboard is located below a 3.1-inch touch screen.
BlackBerry decided to keep other technical details a secret for the time being. The device obviously will ship with BlackBerry 10 OS, so expect all the goodies introduced with the new platform to be available on the Q5. The BlackBerry Hub puts all you messages and conversations literally at your fingertips. You can access them with just one swipe, regardless of what you are doing on the phone. BlackBerry Time Shift and Story Maker provide new creative ways to play with your photos and videos. With a front-facing camera, you will be able to video chat with your friends thanks to BBM Video.
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