On Tuesday at the BlackBerry Live event in Orlando, CEO Thorsten Heins announced BlackBerry Q5 – a QWERTY phone running on BlackBerry 10. At the same event, we also saw announcement of BBM’s app coming to Andorid and iOS. Going by the various colours it will be available in, the device is targeted towards BB’s budget-minded youth users. It will come in red, white, black and pink.
Above the prestigious BB-style QWERTY keyboard, you’ll find a 3.1-inch (720 x 720 pixels) touchscreen. The Q5 is powered by a Dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. A 5-megapixel rear camera will be present. BB failed to provide more detailed specs at the event.
Here’s what Thorsten had to say on the release of BlackBerry Q5:
“BlackBerry is excited to bring the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone 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.”
BB Q5 will launch in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America starting in July. No information about prices has been given yet.