BlackBerry Q5 Hands-On

The BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 and now we have the BlackBerry Q5.

The BlackBerry Q5, previously known in leaked images as the R10, was the only new device announced today at BlackBerry Live 2013. This entry-level BlackBerry 10 smartphone is heading straight towards “selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America sometime at the beginning of July.” There’s no word on a Canadian release, but the Q5 and its physical QWERTY/touchscreen would be a solid addition to any carrier lineup.

The Q5 is reminiscent of the low-end Curve series and will be priced accordingly, probably around $400 outright. The plastic design is nothing to rave about, but that’s to be expected based on its release market. BlackBerry declared the Q5 as a “youthful and fun BlackBerry 10 QWERTY smartphone,” so it’s targeting teens and those who want a dependable device on a budget. The ‘classic’ BlackBerry keyboard on the Q5 is much different than the Q10. Gone are the luxurious frets and in its place are lower-quality keys, though one hopes they could last a few years.


The display is the same as the Q10 at 3.1-inches and a resolution of 720×720, but the Q5 has an HD LCD versus the Q10’s AMOLED. Inside it’s powered by BlackBerry 10.1, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8GB internal storage and a 2,100mAh non-removable battery. Around the side of the device are the usual ports and buttons: 3.5mm headphone jack, volume rocker, speaker, microUSB and ports for the SIM and microSD card. The Q5 also has a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing shooter.

The Q5 will be released in white, red, black, and pink. Few more pics below:

Corey Herscu contributed to this post.