The one time champion is fighting hard to regain its lost crown. Canada-based Blackberry, better known by its erstwhile name, Research in Motion, has announced its plans to bring a version of its flagship Q10, the Q5 to India this July. And rumour has it that the phone will be priced at an inexpensive Rs 25,000, making it a direct competitor with Samsung’s Galaxy Grand series and the older versions of the iPhone.
According to tech experts, the Q5 is a nice looking device that comes with a fully functional QWERTY keypad. This would make the phone ideally suited for those that hate typing on a touchpad. An excellent Qwerty keypad a must if the phone has to have any chance at success given that this is probably the only USP that the phone maker is left with.
The body of the Q5 is made of plastic and this is already raising questions about whether or not the phone feels cheap. However, what works in its favour is that the phone has a lot of features that are borrowed from its more expensive cousin. These include the display which on both phones is 3.1-inch wide (diagonally) with a native resolution of 720×720 pixels. The screen excels at the pixel density with 329 pixels per inch. The display on Q5 is LCD TFT unlike Q10’s SAMOLED.
Another interesting feature is that the phone works on the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor that operates with 1.5 GHz dual-core CPUs. Also the phone comes with a 2GB of inbuilt memory that makes the run smoother. The phone packs 8GB of flash memory as compared to 16GB in Q1. Besides this the phone comes with a 2180 mAh battery, which is non-removable – a decision made by Blackberry to keep the manufacturing costs low.