BlackBerry Q5 smartphone (preview)

The Q5 is an entry-level BlackBerry smartphone targeted at "emerging markets"

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
BlackBerry Q5
  • BlackBerry Q5
  • BlackBerry Q5
  • BlackBerry Q5
  • Expert Rating

    Not yet rated

Pros

  • Likely to be inexpensive
  • Physical QWERTY keyboard
  • Vibrant design

Cons

  • Non-removable battery
  • No AU release date

Bottom Line

The Q5 is a new entry-level BlackBerry smartphone targeted at "emerging markets". In other words it's a cheap BlackBerry with a physical, QWERTY keyboard.

Would you buy this?

  • Price

    TBA (AUD)

BlackBerry smartphones were long synonymous with physical keyboards and it appears the company isn't about the give up on them just yet. The Q5 is an entry-level BlackBerry smartphone targeted at "emerging markets". In other words it's a cheap BlackBerry with a physical, QWERTY keyboard.

The Q5 is the cheapest phone in BlackBerry's new smartphone line-up, which also includes the flagship Z10 and the Q10. The release of the Q5 has set a precedent for BlackBerry's new range: Z clearly signifies a touchscreen-only handset while Q denotes the use of a physical, QWERTY keyboard.

The BlackBerry Q5 has a similar design layout to the more expensive Q10, with a full QWERTY keyboard sitting below the same sized 3.1in, square display. The Q5's screen has the same 720x720 resolution used on the Q10, but BlackBerry has opted for a regular LCD panel rather than AMOLED. This is surely a move to keep costs down.

A full QWERTY keyboard sits below the Q5's 3.1in, square display.
A full QWERTY keyboard sits below the Q5's 3.1in, square display.

The Q5 is otherwise very different to the Q10. It has a flat, square design with rounded corners and is finished in a shiny, glossy plastic. The Q5 is available in white, black, pink and red colour variants, so it's clearly targeted towards the average consumer rather than business or corporate users.

The keyboard on the BlackBerry Q5 is quite different to the Q10. The keys themselves are completely separated, with visible space in between each key. The keyboard also appears to be much flatter than the one on the Q10. BlackBerry users who are familiar with the company's previous low-cost Curve models (such as the Curve 9320) will immediately be familiar with this layout.

The keys on the Q5 are completely separated, with visible space in between each key.
The keys on the Q5 are completely separated, with visible space in between each key.

The BlackBerry Q5 runs the BlackBerry 10 operating system, is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has 2GB of RAM. There's only 8GB of internal storage compared to the Q10's 16GB but a microSD card slot enables users to add extra memory. The battery is not removable.

The BlackBerry Q5 has a 5-megapixel camera compared to the Q10's 8-megapixel snapper but it includes the same software features used on other BlackBerry 10 devices. This includes a 'Time Shift' mode and a 'Story Maker' feature that can turn photos, videos and music into a short movie clip.

The BlackBerry Q5 is available in white, black, pink and red colour variants.
The BlackBerry Q5 is available in white, black, pink and red colour variants.

BlackBerry hasn't confirmed if or when the Q5 will be launched in Australia, only saying "there is nothing confirmed as yet for Australia, but we should know in next few weeks." The Q5 will be available in "selected markets" in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America from July.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?