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May 14, 2013

BlackBerry Q5 Goes Official, Arrives in July

Today, Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry officially announced the third smartphone to run under its BlackBerry 10 operating system, namely the BlackBerry Q5. 

Unlike the Z10 and Q10, however, the new device will be pushed to shelves as an mid-level smartphone, though still capable of offering an appealing experience courtesy of its QWERTY keyboard. 

 The smartphone is expected to become available for purchase in various markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America starting with July, BlackBerry announced. 

The handset packs a 3.1-inch touchscreen, while set to hit the market in four different color flavors, including red, black, white and pink.

The new smartphone runs under the BlackBerry 10.1 OS right from the start, and offers support for the entire range of features that the other BB10 smartphones arrived on shelves with. 

“BlackBerry is excited to bring the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone to our customers in selected markets around world,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. 

“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 Q5 sports the BlackBerry Time Shift mode and Story Maker, which enables users to put photos, videos and music together in their own movie stories, while also offering the benefits of BBM Video with Screen Share. 

Additionally, it sports the BlackBerry Hub, which keeps all of user’s messages and social conversations at hand, as well as access to the BlackBerry World, which offers over 120,000 apps and games for download. 

Unfortunately, the mobile phone maker did not announce a specific release date for the BlackBerry Q5 with BlackBerry 10, nor exact info on its pricing, though it might unveil these pieces of info on the not too distant future, so stay tuned.