Mobile Phones: BlackBerry Q5
News & Reviews: BlackBerry Q5
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2014
One of the main problems BlackBerry has in the consumer market is that they have no device or BlackBerry smartphone to target the lower-end and entry-level market. Fans have had high hopes for practically every rumoured BlackBerry device said to be coming out soon, but it seems that one of the more affordable BlackBerry devices from the Foxconn deal could be coming soon bearing the name BlackBerry Kopi. Recently pictured side by side with the BlackBerry Q5 the device is nearly identical, except perhaps for a silver frame and textured backside rather than the standard all black matte. Unfortunately, there are only pictures, with no details or tech specs or even pricing. Rumours say the BlackBerry Kopi could be priced at RM818 though. BlackBerry have said that they will try to include 4G LTE support for any BlackBerry so we assume that the BlackBerry Kopi can do the same. No Malaysia release dates just yet but rumours say we could see the BlackBerry Kopi after Q2 of 2014.
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2014
The BlackBerry Jakarta is rumoured to be the next touchscreen smartphone from BlackBerry after the BlackBerry Z30 and Z10. So far, the Jakarta is just the codename with it possibly being called the BlackBerry Z3 when it gets announced. So far, the design looks very similar to that of the LG Vu but tech specs include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of storage, a 5MP rear camer, 1.1MP front camera, 2650 mAh battery and a 5-inch display with 960 x 540 pixel resolution. As usual, the tech specs aren't very impressive, prompting many to consider that the Jakarta or Z3 could be an entry-level device around RM500. This seems unlikely though as BlackBerry devices have not dipped past RM1K even for the supposedly affordable BlackBerry Q5. The BlackBerry Z3 is expected to come with the BlackBerry 10.2.1 update which will allow users to install Android apps through APK files.
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2013
Some leaked images of a QWERTY equipped BlackBerry device have recently appeared. The device may be going by the codename Kopi and is said to be positioned below the BlackBerry Q5. It is also expected to come without 4G LTE. From all appearances, it looks a lot like the BlackBerry Curve and has a removeable battery with expandable microSD slot. It may also be running BlackBerry 10.2. With the BlackBerry Q5 retailing at RM1299 and this BlackBerry Kopi not having any LTE, a below RM1000 pricing could be the only way it would make a dent in the current market. Hopefully, BlackBerry makes the right pricing choice, but we wouldn't hold our breath on it. Unfortunately, no Malaysia release dates or pricing just yet but stay tuned and we'll keep you updated. Check out the pics in the article.
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2013
When in doubt, bring back what worked before seems to be the mantra of many tech companies in trouble. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't but BlackBerry seem to be following this path by releasing the "new" BlackBerry 9720 which not only has the same older design but also the same older specs and operating system as well. The tech specs for the BlackBerry 9720 include:
- 800MHz Processor
- 512MB RAM
- 2.8-inch touchscreen + QWERTY keyboard
- 1450 mAh battery
- BlackBerry OS 7.1
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2013
The BlackBerry Z30 or A10 as it is codenamed has made several appearances on its own already, and now we get to see it side by side with the BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Q5. From just it's appearance alone, it is quite obvious that the Z30 will have a much larger screen but retain nearly the same look and feel as the Z10. In terms of tech specs the only major upgrade for this supposedly "most powerful BlackBerry" is the slightly higher clocked processor and larger 5-inch 720p screen. Recently the Z30 has also appeared in a new video complete with boxing.
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2013
BlackBerry's budget smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5 is currently available under contract with Maxis from a super low subsidized price of RM438. Granted, the BlackBerry Q5 is already retailing at RM1299, but the below RM500 price range makes the smartphone available to even entry-level markets (and opens up LTE to more people). Available on the BBMore148, BBMore88 and BBMore55 plans, the Q5 is tied for 24 months and 12 months contracts.
Last Updated: Jul 26, 2013
Celcom is now offering the BlackBerry Q5 from as low as RM888. The subsidized price is available with their Celcom First packages under 12 month and 18 months contracts. For more details regarding these packages check out the table.
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2013
TuneTalk is now offering the BlackBerry Q5 with 3 months free data and calls with no contract. The catch is that you're practically paying for the BlackBerry Q5 at the standard retail price of RM1299. However, if you decide to buy the Q5 from TuneTalk you get free delivery, a free Tune Talk SIM pack with 1GB of data and 60 minutes free talk time for 3 months, which explains the aforementioned 3 months worth of free data and calls. Switch over from another telco and TuneTalk will up the time from 3 months to 5 months. After this time period (of 3 or 5 months) you can continue with the TuneTalk Cun plan for RM38 a month and 1GB of data with 60 minutes free talk time, or you can switch back to any other telco.
Last Updated: Jul 05, 2013
BlackBerry devices have always been at a premium price, which could explain why they don't sell very well, especially for the midrange user. The newly released BlackBerry Q5 changes all that by not only offering a midrange device but also offering it at a retail price of RM1299. At this pricing, it is just a little bit more than the Samsung Galaxy Grand but do the tech specs match up as well? Check out the tech specs for the BlackBerry Q5 below:
- 3.1-inch LCD display (720x720, IPS, 328ppi)
- 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- 2GB RAM
- 5MP rear camera (1080p) + 2MP front camera (720p)
- 8GB storage expandable up to 32GB
- Supports NFC + LTE
- 2180 mAh battery
- red, white, black
Last Updated: Jun 07, 2013
While the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 are getting reasonable response, many just won't buy them simply because they are too expensive. For that reason we've seen the lower end and probably more affordable BlackBerry Q5 come up. Taking a cue from the Q5 it looks like there may be a similar more affordable model for the BlackBerry Z10 called appropriately the BlackBerry Z5.