BlackBerry Unveils Handset for Emerging Markets

BlackBerry Q5

BlackBerry has unveiled the Q5, a smartphone that aims to bring the BlackBerry 10 platform to emerging markets across the world.

Taking the stage at BlackBerry Live 2013 in Florida, Thorsten Heins, CEO of the Canadian firm, gave the first glimpse of the QWERTY keypad-sporting handset. Featuring a 3.1-inch touchscreen, the device follows the traditional BlackBerry form factor seen on many of the manufacturer’s older smartphones and on the recent BlackBerry Q10.

BlackBerry is yet to confirm any pricing details but the handset should be positioned lower than the Q10 and full touchscreen BlackBerry Z10. Speaking about the new drive that is targeting emerging markets, Heins said: “We understand the importance of having devices to suit all markets and needs. It’s a sleek, slim high-performance device.”

The Q5 certainly does appear to be slim and while it echoes the appearance of the Q10 it has a sleeker appearance that looks a little more sophisticated. The new handset’s keypad is also made up of smaller, more rounded keys, adding to an overall impression that is less rugged than its recent BlackBerry 10 cousin.

The Q5 will come with the latest version of the firm’s software, BlackBerry 10.1 and will be available in black, red, pink and white.

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