Blackberry may be on the ropes but that’s not stopping the former business class mobile company for committing to several new mobile devices. Remember the Z10 and Q10 announced earlier this year? We reported on each with a lengthy writing of the Z10 feature set. Well now Blackberry is launching a more affordable smartphone for those who need to pinch pennies–and in this economy who doesn’t. The company today unveiled the Q5, a reduced screen-sized variant of the Q10.
The Blackberry Q5 will run Blackberry 10. It features the trademark QWERTY keyboard, which slide out. When tucked away the new Q5 is a tiny device similar in stature to the recently revealed Nokia Asha 501 sub-$100 cell phone. The display is a 3.1-inch touchscreen. The phone will feature Blackberry Tim Shift and Story Maker, same features we mentioned touted on the Z10. Blackberry Hub, Blackberry’s new BBM (BB messenger) and Screen Share are also carried over to the Q5 from it’s bigger burlier siblings.
The Blackberry Q5 will be available in July and will hit Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Blackberry made this official statement on the new 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.”