The new BlackBerry Q5: Lower-cost, 3.1-inch, physical keyboard, 5 MP
May 15, 2013, 1:55 pm
Research In Motion unveiled a lower-cost BlackBerry aimed at consumers in emerging markets stepping up its efforts to regain market share lost to Apple's iPhone and Android devices powered by Google's software.
The lower-cost gadget, called the Q5, is the company's third smartphone to run the new BlackBerry 10 system. It will have a physical keyboard, something that sets RIM's devices apart from Apple's iPhone and most Android phones.
The device will be available in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America beginning in July. The Q5 isn't expected to be released in North America for now. The company did not disclose prices for the new phone.
The Q5 differs only slightly from the Q10. Both have 2GB of RAM, though the Q5 has only 8GB of flash memory compared to 16 for the Q10.
Both Q5 and Q10 have 2 megapixel front-facing cameras, but the Q5's rear-facing camera is only 5 megapixels, compared to the Q10 which has 8 megapixels and also records high-definition video.
The Q5 has a 3.1-inch LCD display, while the Q10 is 3.1 inches and LED.