BlackBerry Q5 released in the UK and South Africa
The budget-oriented BlackBerry Q5 made its debut in the UK and South Africa on Tuesday. Compared with the Q10, the new phone has a more basic QWERTY keyboard, but a similar screen resolution of 720 x 720 pixels and a 3.1-inch display. It has a 5 MP camera and a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. The new model can be purchased from some of the carrier operators or unlocked from some online retailer. Vodafone, EE and Orange offer the BlackBerry Q5 with a new contract ranging from £21 to £36 per month. If you don’t like contracts, the SIM free BlackBerry Q5 costs £319.95 at the Carphone Warehouse or £344.99 at Expansys.
The new smartphone is one of the low-budget devices expected this year. Earlier, Thorsten Heins said that six new BlackBerry models will be launched in 2013 – two of them will be low-end, two mid range and two high-end phones. BlackBerry’s CEO added that one of the models from each range will have a QWERTY keyboard, while the other will be an all-touch model. The touch models are expected to have 4.2 inch screens, while the QWERTY handsets – 3.1 inch displays. According to Heins, this would help developers in delivering apps for the different models, because they won’t be worried about different screen sizes.
There are some rumors saying that BlackBerry will release another high-end model around the end of the year. BlackBerry A10 is rumored to arrive in November at Sprint. The phone would probably have better specs compared with the BlackBerry Q10 and Z10. If the information is true, then the previous models can be considered as mid-range devices. Another entry smartphone leaked a few days ago – the BlackBerry Z5 will be an all-touch budget-friendly device.