BlackBerry Q5 announced with July launch

BlackBerry Q5

The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone recently went official during the company’s keynote at BB Live and based on what we’ve learnt, the device will cater to the affordable segment carrying a wide range of features. The handset is the second in the series to be equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard and operate on the BB10 platform.

Not much has been revealed about the new device. By the looks of it, we suspect it to be the R10 which was leaked a little over a week ago. Both phones share a similar appearance and have resemblances to the previous generation Curve series which caters to the entry- and mid-level segments. The handset in question will come drenched in shades of red, black and white. Similar to the Q10, it will house a 3.1-inch touchscreen and a classic QWERTY keyboard for quick text input.

Since it runs the latest OS version, buyers will have access to the HUB interface to quickly check messages and conversations with others on social networks. And getting to it is also convenient owing to gesture support. Technical specifications haven’t been disclosed, but if the phone is really the R10, buyers can expect it to have 2GB of RAM, a 5MP camera, 8GB of storage and a 1800mAh battery.

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In recent news, the company officially announced that the BB 10.1 OS is available for the flagship Z10 smartphone. Hub now comes with support for PIN to PIN messages. This allows users to directly communicate with each other. Additionally, there are a few enhanced personalization options thrown in for notifications. Ringtones can be set for individual contacts along with different vibration and LED light alerts.

And the one feature we’ve been anticipating since we reviewed the phone, which is HDR, has been implemented into the camera app. Apart from these, there are many more improvements carried out. The update will be rolled out to carrier partners in the coming weeks, asserts the official blog, and it can be downloaded over the air through a Wi-Fi connection.

Back to topic, the BlackBerry Q5 is expected to be available in select markets this July. The device will go on sale in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. While no price has been officially disclosed, a previous rumor suggests that the phone should retail for somewhere between $300 and $400.