New Delhi: BlackBerry has launched its much-awaited lower-priced BlackBerry Q5 smartphone in India today at a price of Rs 24,990 and will be available across India from July 20 and in select stores from July 17.
Unveiled in May, the BlackBerry Q5 is BlackBerry's third smartphone to run the new BlackBerry 10 system. The Q5 has a 3.1-inch LCD display, while the Q10 is 3.1 inches LED. The Q5 differs only slightly from the Q10. Both have 2GB of RAM, though the Q5 has only 8GB of flash memory compared to 16GB for the Q10.
Both Q5 and Q10 have 2 megapixel front-facing cameras, but the Q5's rear-facing camera is only 5 megapixels, compared to the 8 megapixel camera in the Q10.
The BlackBerry Q5 will be available in India in red, black and white colour options. The Q5 has a physical keyboard, something that sets BlackBerry's devices apart from Apple's iPhone and most Android phones. The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and has a 2180mAH non-removable battery.
The BlackBerry Q5 is aimed at consumers in emerging markets and steps up the company's efforts to regain market share lost to Apple's iPhone and Android devices powered by Google's software.
RIM's iconic BlackBerry device, introduced in 1999, was the dominant smartphone for on-the-go business people and consumers before the iPhone debuted in 2007. The device showed that phones could handle much more than email and calls.
Though RIM continues to do well in many overseas markets, the company faced numerous delays modernizing its operating system in an effort to compete with the iPhone and smartphones running Google's Android operating system.
Full specifications - BlackBerry Q5
Size: Height 120 mm / 4.72 in; Width 66 mm / 2.59 in; Depth 10.5 mm / 0.42 in
Navigation: QWERTY keypad and all-touch screen with intuitive gesture based navigation
Dedicated keys: Volume Up/Down, Mute, Lock (for Power On/Off)
Keyboard: Physical BlackBerry Keyboard
Resolution: 720x720 resolution, at 329 PPI; 24-bit colour
Screen size: 3.1-inch diagonal; 1:1 aspect ratio
OS and desktop software
Processor: Dual-core 1.2 GHz
Memory: 2GB RAM, 8GB Flash
Expandable memory: Removable microSD memory card - slot located on the side of the device (Up to 32 GB)
USB ports: USB 2.0 high speed port - allows charging and data synchronisation of the device with a USB cable
Rear camera: 5 megapixel auto-focus camera; 4-element F2.4 lens; Flash, continuous and touch to focus, image stabilization; Digital Zoom (5x); 1080p HD video recording.
Front camera: 2 megapixel fixed-focus camera; Image and video stabilization; Digital Zoom (3x); 720p HD video recording
Network & connectivity
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n; 2.4 GHz; Mobile Hotspot; DLNA
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
Network bands: Quad band HSPA/UMTS (DC 42Mbps) - 1, 2, 5/6, 8 (850/900/1900/2100 MHz); Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
NFC: Not available