One market that is heating up in the world of smartphones is that of the low-end, business-friendly, text-friendly phone aimed at emerging markets. Historically, BlackBerry has done pretty well with all of those things, and it seems like they’re poised to continue that with the Q5.
The BlackBerry Q5 is a low-end smartphone, encased in plastic with a physical keyboard and well-spaced keys that should facilitate texting without too many typing errors. It’ll also come in four colors – black, white, red, and the pink you see above. But, if you’re in the United States and have a craving for a pink BlackBerry, you’re going to be disappointed – there are no plans for the Q5 to come stateside. Instead, it’ll be coming to select markets in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East sometime in July.
Onto something that will be coming stateside – the BlackBerry 10.1 update. With the update, Z10 owners will be able to see contact suggestions when sending new emails, and can use PIN to PIN communication for direct BlackBerry to BlackBerry messaging. Personalized notifications and custom ringtones will also be made possible. It also finally adds click to call, so you’ll be able to initiate a call by tapping on a phone number in an email or BBM message. Controlling the cursor will be a little easier, with a small blue circle that you can see and drag around to select text. For the camera, a high dynamic range mode has been added, if you’re taking shots in bad lighting.
Z10 owners can get the update for free over Wi-Fi by checking their notifications. Whenever the Q10 finally arrives stateside, it will come pre-loaded with 10.1.