BlackBerry Q5 launched in India for Rs. 24,990

BlackBerry Q5 launched in India for Rs. 24,990
BlackBerry has launched the 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.

Just like the company's flagship phone BlackBerry Q10, the Q5 sports a 3.1-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720X720 pixels. However, the screen on the Q5 is an IPS LCD one, unlike the Q10 which sports a Super AMOLED screen.

The BlackBerry Q5 is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor along with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone packs in 8GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded by up to 32GB via microSD card. 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.

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.

BlackBerry Q5: First look

BlackBerry Q5 key specifications
  • 3.1-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720x720 pixels, 329ppi
  • 35 key hardware keyboard
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 2-megapixel front facing camera
  • BlackBerry 10.1 OS
  • 2180mAh battery
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent physical keyboard
  • Good performance
  • Great battery backup
  • Bad
  • A bit overpriced
  • Lacks good third-party apps
  • Screen's 1:1 aspect ratio is a bit awkward
  • No FM radio
Display 3.10-inch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Front Camera 2-megapixel
Rear Camera 5-megapixel
Storage 8GB
Battery Capacity 2180mAh
OS BlackBerry OS 10.1
Resolution 720x720 pixels

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