Tuesday, July 16, 2013

BlackBerry Q5 launched in India for Rs. 24,990

By SheebaSudeep

As expected BlackBerry has launched its much awaited  BlackBerry Q5 in India at a price point of Rs. 24,990.

The BlackBerry Q5 is the second hardware keyboard (QWERTY) equipped smartphone running the new BlackBerry 10.1 operating system. The smartphone was first showcased at the BlackBerry Live Conference, in May 2013.

On the specifications front, the Q5 bears a striking resemblance to the flagship Q10 with a 3.1-inch 720×720 pixel display sporting a pixel density of 328ppi, 2GB of RAM and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera capable of shooting 720p videos. Some features do get stripped down like a 1.2GHz dual-core  Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor instead of a 1.5GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera instead of 8-megapixels and 8GB of internal storage  which can be further expanded by up to 32GB via microSD card.

The BlackBerry Q5 is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor along with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone packs in 8GB of internal storage,  The phone sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front shooter on board. The smartphone also comes with 2,180mAh battery.

The smartphone will come in three colour options - Black, Pure White, and Pure Red and Pink. The company has said that it will offer EMI schemes for the BlackBerry Q5.

BlackBerry has been criticised for pricing its smartphones on the higher side. However, the company is currently offering its Z10 and Q10 smartphones in India. The company recently started offering an exchange scheme to push the sales of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. Under this scheme, customers can avail a discount of up to Rs. 11,000 on purchase of a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.

BlackBerry Q5 comes to India at Rs 24,990; in stores from July 17

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.

In addition to this, the company also introduced new EMI schemes for its flagship BlackBerry Z10 smartphone and its entry-level offering, the BlackBerry Curve 9220.

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)
Weight: 120g
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)

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