CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry announced the affordable Blackberry Q5 smartphone on Tuesday at its annual Blackberry Live conference in Orlando, Florida, as it looks to bring QWERTY to those on a budget.
The Blackberry Q5 is essentially a cut-price alternative to the Blackberry Q10 smartphone, featuring a full QWERTY keypad along with a 3.1in touchscreen. Unlike the Blackberry Q10, the Blackberry Q5 will be available in a range of different colours - black, red, white and pink - as the firm looks to win over younger buyers.
Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins said, "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."
Blackberry has yet to release the handset's full specifications, but we've contacted the firm for further information.
However, Blackberry looks to be focusing more on software than hardware, boasting at its Blackberry Live conference that Blackberry 10 is already home to 120,000 apps, although it's unclear how many of those have been ported from Android. However, Blackberry must have a fair share of its own, expensive apps, as Heins boasted that the firm's app revenue "is more than double that of Google Play".
The company said that apps on the Blackberry Q5 will feature Blackberry Timeshift, Story Maker, BBM and all of the usual social networking features.
Blackberry also announced today that it has started rolling out its Blackberry 10.1 mobile operating system update. This will be released to UK Blackberry Z10 owners this week, the firm said, and will finally bring Skype to the Canadian phone maker's latest touchscreen smartphone.
The Blackberry Q5 handset will be available in Europe from July, although there are no pricing details yet. Phones 4U has said that it will be offering the handset in the UK. µ