BlackBerry’s Q5 is coming to Canada

If you’re interested in BlackBerry’s new BlackBerry 10 mobile OS but haven’t yet pulled the trigger on the Z10 or the Q10, you’ll soon have another device to choose from: the BlackBerry Q5.

BlackBerry said Tuesday that the Q5 will be available in Canada on Aug. 13 from Bell, Fido, Koodo, SaskTel, Telus and Virgin Mobile Canada. Pricing is expected to be announced by the carriers closer to the launch date.

The Q5 is a 4G/LTE smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard and 3.1” touchscreen, powered by a dual core 1.2GHz processor. It features a 5MP primary rear camera and 2MP front camera, full HD 1080p video recording, 2MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage expandable by up to 64GB via the MicroSD port.

Blackberry seems to be going after the same market with the Q5 as it did with the Curve – developing countries and budget-conscious consumers – by touting its “youthful design” and its social networking features. Black and Red models will be available in Canada; the latter only through Virgin Mobile.

“Canada is our home, and bringing the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone here is a testament to our strong partner support and ongoing commitment to delivering innovative technologies that enable Canadian enterprises and consumers to improve how they connect and communicate,” said Andrew MacLeod, managing director for BlackBerry, in a statement.

The phone will run Balckberry 10.1, the latest updated version of BlackBerry’s new OS.

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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