BlackBerry Q5 is announced – affordable and colorful, with portrait QWERTY keyboard

BlackBerry Q5 is announced – affordable and colorful, with portrait QWERTY keyboard
As expected, a new BlackBerry 10 smartphone was announced today, tailored for the needs of budget-conscious consumers. Meet the BlackBerry Q5 – an affordable, colorful handset sporting a full QWERTY keyboard positioned underneath its display.

Details regarding the hardware specs of the BlackBerry Q5 are scarce at the current moment. All we know is that that its maker has used a 3.1-inch touchscreen for the new device. A front-facing camera appears to be present as well. 

The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available this summer in select markets across Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Expect seeing it in four different colors – black, white, red, and pink. Pricing specifics haven't been revealed yet, but we're assuming that the BlackBerry Q5 will be significantly cheaper than the Z10 or Q10 smartphones.


source: BlackBerry

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  • Display 3.1" 720 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2180 mAh(12.5h 3G talk time)

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35 Comments

1. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

People still use QWERTY phones?

2. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Yes we do.

3. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

yes. there are people outside USA

16. JS-Fighters

Posts: 1; Member since: May 14, 2013

Yes but not on a Blackberry phone.

23. TheBitterTruth unregistered

People like you are still alive?

27. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Blackberry themselves proved the irrelevance of a qwerty with surprisingly brilliant keyboard on the Z10...

30. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 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: 242; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

its probably the same material for a GS4 too LOL.Those things are built like crap

34. Dadler22

Posts: 242; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

touch screen phones get really annoying to type on if you use it for business

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

6. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Q for qwerty phones :)

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

7. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 2013

Why is it bothering you so much?

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Because I'm interested on new phones. That's why.

10. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

How this form factor is out-surviving sliders I'll never understand.

12. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 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: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

33. Dadler22

Posts: 242; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Because, Sand.

11. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Looks as if it was a toy One word : Fugly

24. TheBitterTruth unregistered

better than galaxy

26. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Haha another butt hurt sammy hater...

31. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Galaxy is better than your cheapo curve

14. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

It looks like a Nokia Asha.

15. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Wouldn't mind it as a backup phone.

18. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 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.

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