BlackBerry Unveils Q5 for Emerging Markets; Releases BB 10.1 Update for Z10

BlackBerry has unveiled its latest BlackBerry BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Q5. The Q5 is a QWERTY device aimed at emerging markets like India.  This will be the third phone running the latest QNX-based software, alongside the touch-screen BlackBerry Z10 and the keyboard-enabled Q10.


The Q5 sports a 3.1-inch 720×720 capacitive touchscreen display (similar to that on the Q10) and a physical QWERTY keyboard that is very similar to that of the Curve. It is slated to hit select markets outside of the US beginning in July and will be available in black, white, red and pink. Pricing was not disclosed.

While the phone will be priced in the mid range it will include all the features of BB10.

There will be Instant Action shortcuts on the keyboard to help you perform tasks faster. All the camera software present on the Z10 and Q10, like BlackBerry Time Shift mode and BlackBerry Story Maker will be integrated into the phone.

Users will be able to share and be seen with BBM Video with screen share and the all new BlackBerry Hub which allows users to simply peek and view all messages and social conversations with one swipe will also be there.

Although BlackBerry announced that the BlackBerry World now has 1,20,000 apps, a lot of the popular apps are still unfortunately missing.

Looking at the design of the phone we can say that BlackBerry is targeting the youth, especially college students with this phone.

BlackBerry announces BB 10.1 OS update for Z10 users

If you are a Blackberry Z10 user, you should have the BB 10.1 OS update rolling out to you soon. The update brings various improvements to the Z10.

The BlackBerry Hub now supports PIN to PIN messages for direct communication between BlackBerry smartphones. There is also improved attachment support in the BlackBerry Hub.

BlackBerry 10.1 lets users personalize the notifications for your accounts and contacts by allowing them to customize ringtones, vibration and the LED light.

The update makes it easier and more accurate to pinpoint exactly where you want to type.

The camera also got various updates including improvements to the Time Shift mode and addition of an HDR shooting mode.

The BlackBerry 10 OS also now supports landscape support for the calendar, easier international dialing and improved red eye reduction in the picture editor.

To update your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone to BlackBerry 10.1 look for the alert in the notifications section of the BlackBerry Hub. You can also check for software updates through the settings menu by visiting the software updates section. For more information on updating your BlackBerry Z10, visit

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