BlackBerry Q5 is announced – affordable and colorful, with portrait QWERTY keyboard
BlackBerry Introduces a Youthful and Fun BlackBerry 10 QWERTY smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5, for Selected Markets
WATERLOO, ONTARIO – (Marketwired - May 14, 2013) – BlackBerry(R) (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) today introduced the BlackBerry(R) Q5, a new youthful and fun BlackBerry(R) 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(R) Time Shift mode, then create and share your story, weaving together your photos, videos and music into a movie with BlackBerry(R) Story Maker.
Share and be seen with BBM Video with Screen Share
Instantly switch your BBM(TM) (BlackBerry(R) 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.(i)
Stay close to what's important to you with BlackBerry Hub
With BlackBerry(R) 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(R) World(TM) 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.
23. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
People like you are still alive?
27. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1616; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Blackberry themselves proved the irrelevance of a qwerty with surprisingly brilliant keyboard on the Z10...
30. moroninc (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
what a waste of precious material... could have made a GS4 or an HTC one with that... you know what they say 'waste not want not'
32. Dadler22 (Posts: 157; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
its probably the same material for a GS4 too LOL.Those things are built like crap
34. Dadler22 (Posts: 157; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
touch screen phones get really annoying to type on if you use it for business
4. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4651; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Why Q5? This is not BlackBerry 5.
They should've name it S10 or T10 or whatever name that has an alphabet and a 10 on it.
8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4651; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
What I mean is why they named it Q5? This is a BB10 phone, they should name it an alphabet with a 10 on it, not an alphabet with a 5.
9. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4651; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Because I'm interested on new phones. That's why.
10. saurik (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 May 2013)
But your question makes no sense at all. It's like, iPhone 5 runs iOS 6, so why didn't they name it iPhone 6?
It's obvious that these BB10 smartphones are bound to run a future version of their OS, BB11 probably? So according to you a Z10 running BB11 would make no sense at all, right?
The name Q10 was already taken and this phone had to be named with a 'Q' cause it's a qwerty phone! So Q5 sounds okay, what's the big deal?
25. downphoenix (Posts: 2134; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
actually blackberry has traditionally been very poor when it comes to OS updates. Most past Blackberry phones didnt get upgrades from the previous version. I know on Sprint for instance, last one we had get an upgrade was the bold 9650 got upgraded from BB OS 5 to 6. We didnt have any phones upgrade from 6 to 7, no 7 to 10, a couple 4 to 5s.
Hopefully things will change with them and they will offer better legacy support, we'll see.
20. lovefist (unregistered)
does it really matter what name they give it to that phone?
22. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
This is the worst comment I have ever seen of any website, period.
5. Kelley71 (Posts: 44; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)
How this form factor is out-surviving sliders I'll never understand.
12. grapeseed87 (Posts: 120; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
Sliders require one to slide out the keyboard, plus the 'slider connection' part has always been a weakness on the form.
With this you type and just put the thing on standby when done. Slimmer than sliders too.
13. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 466; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
Sliders are usually not a comfortable typing experience. The top level overhang almost always gets in the way of the top row of buttons. And with horizontal sliders, the phone is usually uncomfortable and unwieldy to hold.
17. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I hear you though. BlackBerry Torch was the only BB that ever appealed to me. I love the OG Droid form factor, but three years later they still weren't able to make it less than half inch thick. Sadly the qwerty Android and Windows phones have died out.
11. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1304; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Looks as if it was a toy
One word : Fugly
24. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
better than galaxy
31. Nikolas.Oliver (Posts: 1304; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Galaxy is better than your cheapo curve
18. freebee269 (Posts: 486; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
those keys on the keyboard look awfully small in the pictures. i dont think i would have an enjoyable time typing with that keyboard.
19. jonartpop (Posts: 150; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)
I think it would cost $599, because Bold 9900 still costs a$550 around here. Still too expensieve.
21. jibraihimi (Posts: 527; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Hope they price it reasonably......... Because their pricing always defy all the logic, and all the laws of gravity.......
28. apiskula (Posts: 359; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Who in the hell would buy this phone. What a piece of junk!