BlackBerry Q5 officially announced as the affordable device we’ve known as the R10 or R-series
After quite a number leaks over the past few weeks, the BlackBerry R-series smartphone, the one we thought would be called R10, is now official. Only it’s actually been named the BlackBerry Q5. So there goes everyone’s assumption that the ’10’ in Z10 and Q10 stands for the OS version they both run. The Q5 is also a BB 10 device, so the numbers now feel more like they’re there to help guide you towards what’s high-end and what’s midrange in the Canadian company’s roster. With that in mind, Q is obviously symbolistic of handsets with the ‘classic’ BlackBerry form factor (a candybar with a full QWERTY keyboard beneath the screen), whereas Z will be the all-touch BlackBerry devices.
The BlackBerry Q5 is probably best thought of as the successor to the Curve line. An affordable midranger that should help drive sales of BlackBerry’s newest platform.
The Q5 comes with a 3.1-inch touchscreen just like the Q10, though the resolution (as well as many other details about the hardware) is still not officially known. That said, it’s easy to assume that it will be the same 720×720 as in the case of the Q10. For some reason, the Canadian company did not say anything else about the Q5’s specs, focusing instead on software features.
The BlackBerry Q5 will be out in “selected markets” in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America starting in July. Unfortunately though, pricing information hasn’t yet been made available. What we do know is that the Q5 will be found in white, red, black, and pink. And it’s going to be aimed primarily at youths. Which is why its price will be a big factor in determining its success.