Thursday, 18 July 2013

BlackBerry Q5 with Latest 10OS & Qualcomm Snapdragon Chipset Launched In India for Rs 24,990

BlackBerry customers in India will be happy to know that the BlackBerry Q5 has been officially launched in India. Well After The Launch & Disappointment By BlackBerry Q10. Now Its Time for Q5. Many Of You Know with Bad Pricing Of Q10 BlackBerry Is Unable to Grab The Market Because Its Competitor Was Giving Tough Fight with Samsung Galaxy S4 or With Latest Launch Of Nokia Lumia 1020. Unveiled in May, the BlackBerry Q5 is BlackBerry's third smartphone to run the new BlackBerry 10 system.

The Z10 came in at Rs 43k, and the keyboard-equipped Q10, at a staggering Rs 45k price that was universally criticized. So while much of the world didn’t get very excited about the Q5, India’s mobile market has been very curious about it. Only two BB 10 handsets that have been launched so far have been priced too high to make a difference to markets in India.

The Q5 is a much cheaper Q10. At just over half the price, it gives you almost a Q10-like experience: the same software, in a cheaper package. Where the Q10 felt premium and heavy, with aluminium touches, the all-plastic Q5 is lighter, but feels sturdy and is in fact easier to hold than the Q10.

The Q5′s touch-screen has the same 3.1″ square size and 720×720 pixel resolution as the Q10′s, but uses LCD (instead of the Q10′s more modern AMOLED), making it whiter if mildly less capable in bright sunlight. Yet I found the Q5 touchscreen easier to use, for there’s more space under the screen, making it easier to swipe up – an action you use often, to get out of an app. The Q5 differs only slightly from the Q10. Both have 2GB of RAM, though the Q5 has only 8GB of flash memory compared to 16GB for the Q10. 

The Q5 is slightly slower, but doesn’t feel sluggish. Both use dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and 2 GB of memory, but the Q5 runs at 1.2 GHz against the Q10′s 1.5 GHz. Both Q5 and Q10 have 2 megapixel front-facing cameras, but the Q5's rear-facing camera is only 5 megapixels, compared to the 8 megapixel camera in the Q10. 

The BlackBerry Q5 is aimed at consumers in emerging markets and steps up the company's efforts to regain market share lost to Apple's iPhone and Android devices powered by Google's software. RIM's iconic BlackBerry device, introduced in 1999, was the dominant smartphone for on-the-go business people and consumers before the iPhone debuted in 2007. The device showed that phones could handle much more than email and calls. 

The BlackBerry Q5 will be available in India in red, black and white colour options. The Q5 has a physical keyboard, something that sets BlackBerry's devices apart from Apple's iPhone and most Android phones and has a 2180mAH non-removable battery. Price Wise Rs 25k price still doesn’t give BlackBerry a market-saver in India. It desperately needs phones in the Rs 10-15k price range. Yes, there are those old BB 7 handsets, but they are very Old

Overall, though, the BlackBerry Q5 is very capable, and, compared to the Q10, very good value. It matches the Q10 on many counts, and if you can live with sacrificing the Q10′s cooler look and feel, is the handset to buy. If you want to buy a BlackBerry! And therein lies the rub. There aren’t all that many BlackBerry loyalists. The Q5 isn’t sexy enough to make users switch from Android or iPhone. It isn’t cheap enough to get low-end-BB users to upgrade from their older Curve.

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