Blackberry to release Q5 on August 13

by Andrew Roach on July 31, 2013

Since the start of the year, Blackberry have struggled somewhat to get their new high end Blackberry 10 smartphones to combat and challenge other rivals in the market.

Now, the Waterloo firm have revealed the release date for their lower-end Q5 smartphone which is scheduled to hit stores on August 13.

The Q5 was announced back at the Blackberry Live conference in June and is tilted towards the budget end of the market which is moving from strength to strength in recent times.

When the Q5 is released, it will become the third mobile phone to be released on Blackberry 10 after the Z10 and Q10 were released back in February and May respectively.

Like the name suggests, the Q5 draws more influence from the Q10 rather than the Z10 with the phone having both the classic QWERTY keypad and a touchscreen interface.

Inside the Q5, there still seems to be quite a lot of tech for a device aimed towards the budget market with the phone being powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and containing 2GB of RAM.

It’s also set to have 2 cameras as well with the phone albeit the rear only having a standard 5MP camera with the front having a 2MP camera.

With the phone’s release just over a fortnight away, Blackberry are still keen on proving their worth to the mobile industry and that they can be a force to be reckoned with. This was underlined in a statement made by Blackberry Canada Managing Director Andrew McLeod who told the press they had an “ongoing commitment to delivering innovative technologies” to their customers.

There seems to be a lot riding on the Q5 for Blackberry with the phone also destined to be released in many of the growing markets in the world such as Asia and Africa.

If the Q5 is able to overcome many of its rivals in these regions, then it could certainly turn Blackberry’s year around tremendously.

Blackberry have yet to confirm the pricing and the retailers carrying the phone although detail will likely be announced in the next few days.

With that in mind, Blackberry will certainly know that the Q5’s success in the lower end is pivotal for the future of both the Blackberry 10 system and the company itself.

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