On July 16, 2013, mobile phone manufacturer BlackBerry has launched the Q5 phone for the Indian market. The latest handset is said to be the most affordable phone which runs on the BB10 operating system. The device has been priced at Rs. 24,990.


The device has a new swipe-based UI and physical QWERTY keypad, which is rare these days. The latest handset by BlackBerry is expected to help the company revive its position on the Indian market. This is also one of the few markets where the company will be witnessing growth before the actual launch of BB10. The phone will be available to customers from July 20, 2013.

The specifications of the phone include 3.1-inch screen, 2 GB of RAM and 2-megapixel front-facing camera which is capable of shooting 720p videos. The Q5 has a striking resemblance to the flagship model Q10. However, some of the major features get stripped down, including a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor instead of the 1.5 GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear camera instead of an 8-megapixel one and an 8 GB of internal storage instead of a 16 GB of storage.

The phone will be available in three colors, including red, white and black. Even the keypad is a bit different than that of the Q10. The question remains whether the handset?s pricing will be accepted by buyers in a market that is more popular for budget-conscious handsets.