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New BlackBerry Q5 “kid brother of Q10” Out In July!

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As the BlackBerry Live keynote news keeps flowing in I’m happy to introduce you to the youthful and fun BlackBerry Q5 smartphone, running BlackBerry 10. With a QWERTY keyboard and a confident design, this new BlackBerry smartphone has been built to provide a fast, effortless experience that helps you explore, create and share while on the go. Thorsten Heins just revealed the device onstage at BlackBerry Live, but we’ve got all the details ready to share with you below.

I’ve been using this device for a few days now and I’m already in love. It fits into my lifestyle perfectly offering the powerful experience I need and allowing me to flow seamlessly from task to task throughout my day.

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Highlights and features of the BlackBerry Q5

    • The evolution of the classic BlackBerry Keyboard:
      The BlackBerry Q5 features a classic BlackBerry Keyboard with discrete keys that has been re-engineered and elegantly designed to help you type fast, accurately and with the least amount of effort. Plus with Instant Action shortcuts you can type to perform tasks faster. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone gives you the best of both worlds – a classic QWERTY keyboard for optimized communications and a 3.1” touchscreen for all the rest.
    • Create the perfect shot with BlackBerry Time Shift mode and Story Maker
      Create the picture perfect shot with BlackBerry Time Shift mode, then create and share your story, weaving together your photos, videos and music into a movie with BlackBerry Story Maker.
    • Share and be seen with BBM Video with Screen Share
      Instantly switch your BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) chat to a BBM Video conversation and catch up face-to-face. You can even share your screen, whether it’s a photo, a page in the browser, an idea, or a view from your camera.

 

  • Stay close to what’s important to you with BlackBerry Hub
    With BlackBerry Hub, all of your messages and social conversations are only one swipe away. There’s no need to stop what you’re doing. Simply peek into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere with a swipe to effortlessly flow in and out of your messages and conversations.
  • BlackBerry World delivers a rich, thriving app and content ecosystem
    Discovering and sharing great apps and content is easier than ever with recommendations based on similar purchases, and access to more than 100,000 apps on the BlackBerry World storefront.

Differences Between The New BlackBerry Q5 & Its Q10 Big Brother

BlackBerry has been kind enough to detail out the differences between the BlackBerry Q5 and its higher end BlackBerry Q10. Now that the Q5 is rolling out its nice to see the similarities and note the differences. The main two differences in my opinion is the 8GB of storage instead of 16GB along with the CPU going down from a dual core 1.5Ghz processor to the dual core 1.2Ghz processor in the Q5. The other things to note is that NFC is market dependent so not all devices will have it and the Q5 does not have a HDMI out port. It also has a lower end 5MP camera compared to the Q10’s 8MP camera. Here are the main hardware differences:

 Q5 vs Q10 hardware differences

In other words BlackBerry made a pretty compelling low end device for developing countries without sacrificing key functionality. Personally I would have preferred them keeping the CPU the same along with NFC but what can you do…

Here’s what Thorsten had to say in a recent press release on the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone:

“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.”

Pricing and Availability
The new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America, with availability beginning in July.

There you have it folks – if you live in the areas listed above, you can look forward to getting your hands on the new BlackBerry Q5 with BlackBerry 10. What do you think of this phone? Let us know your thoughts on this stunning new BlackBerry device in the comments below.

 

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