We can't get our hands on a new BlackBerry without bringing you a quick unboxing video. This version of the BlackBerry Q5 is the UK retail one and as you will see, like all UK BlackBerry smartphones these days and unlike those in North America, the device is unbranded.
The above video is certainly not a full review of the BlackBerry Q5 and I'm not even sharing my personal opinions at this stage, apart from saying it's real nice. What we are focusing on is the hardware and what you get within the box.
The Q5 is really all about providing the consumer with a lower cost BlackBerry 10 device. Even in that instance, the build quality on this thing feels pretty solid. It's all about the keyboard for potential buyers, though. For current BlackBerry Curve users the Q5 is the perfect upgrade. The keyboard is much more Curve-like than Bold and feels a little more clicky than the BlackBerry Q10. That's not a bad thing since we now have three fantastic BlackBerry 10 device options.
The BlackBerry Q5 is due to go on sale here in the UK next week with high street retailers, although the date is yet to be confirmed and will be carrier-dependent. Also, we're not sure which networks will offer the Q5 in all of its color variants.
Full specifications of the BlackBerry Q5 are below.
- Size (L x W x D) 120 mm x 66 mm x 10.8 mm (10.5 mm for non-NFC model)
- Weight 120 g
- Display 3.1-inch, IPS LCD display, 720 x 720 resolution at 329 PPI
- Keyboard 35-key physical QWERTY keyboard with discrete keys and backlight
- (language specific keyboards such AZERTY and QWERTZ also available in local markets)
- Software BlackBerry 10.1 OS
- Memory 2 GB RAM, 8 GB Flash
- Hot-swappable microSD slot (up to 32 GB)
- Processor Dual Core 1.2 GHz
- Camera 5 MP rear facing camera, Auto Focus, 5x digital zoom, 1080p HD video recording, LED flash, 2 MP front facing camera, 3x digital zoom
- 720p HD video recording
- GPS Assisted, Autonomous, and Simultaneous GPS
- Bluetooth Bluetooth4.0 Low Energy
- NFC1 - NFC-enabled to support mobile payments and file exchange
- Advanced Sensors Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot
- Network Connectivity 4G LTE or HSPA+, support for global roaming
- Battery - Embedded 2180 mAh
- Talk Time: up to 12.5 hrs. on 3G
- Standby Time: up to 14 days on 3G
- Audio Playback: up to 62 hours
- Video Playback: up to 9 hours
Hands up - who wants one?