The BlackBerry Q5 is a very important device in the BlackBerry 10 portfolio. Releasing as the third device after the BlackBerry Q10, the Q5 seeks to target the emerging markets.
The Q5 was originally unveiled in May during the BlackBerry Live convention, where it was shown off in four color variations: black, white, red, and pink.
Dubai in the UAE was the first market to receive the Q5 when the new BlackBerry store was launched in the Dubai Mall. Following markets to release the Q5 have been the UK and parts of Asia, with Singapore gearing up to soon release the device.
The emerging markets are an integral part of BlackBerry’s success. As reiterated, 20% of BlackBerry subscribers come from Indonesia alone. The Q5 features slightly lower specs than the Q10, with nearly half the price tag (depending where you purchase).
BlackBerry is looking to bridge the gap between current BlackBerry 7 users to let them easily begin their journey on BlackBerry 10. We’ve already voiced our opinion on the Q5 in our first impressions, but lets take a closer look.
BlackBerry Q5 Unboxing
As per usual, we give you some unboxing porn. The BlackBerry Q5 features the standard items: USB adapter and cable, manuals, and earbuds.
BlackBerry Q5 Specs
You can’t exactly compare the BlackBerry Q5 to the Q10. The device is in an entire market of its own. However, if you were to stack the Q5 against the Q10, spec wise the devices aren’t too far different.
The Q5 rocks a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, 8GB internal storage, and 5MP rear-camera. Both the Q5 and Q10 have a 3.1-inch touchscreen and 2GB RAM.
The Q5 does have a slightly better battery (only 80mAh more), but internally it’s relatively comparable of the Q10’s 2100mAh battery.
BlackBerry Q5 Hardware
Rightfully so, the BlackBerry Q5 doesn’t have near the aesthetics of the Q10. The target market for the Q5 doesn’t call for the glass weave back plate like the Q10.
Instead, the Q5 features standard plastic around the entire device. The Q5 is essentially continuing the ‘Curve’ lineage into the BlackBerry 10 era.
The keyboard is reminiscent of the Curve-style. The keys are slightly stiffer than the Bold or Q10’s, but still offer a great typing experience.
There isn’t much weight to the Q5, as it weighs in at only 4.23 oz. However, the Q5 still feels sturdy and well-built. Although, my only gripe with the ornamental design of the Q5 is the power/stand-by button is much stiffer to press-in than the Z10 or Q10.
One noticeable difference with the Q5 over the other BlackBerry 10 devices is that it features a MicroSD and SIM card slot on the outer side of the device, which is due to the battery being non-removable. Check out our video walk-through of the hardware