There are plenty of people out there that don’t like typing on a touchscreen, and Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry seems keen on impressing those customers, with the introduction of a handset designed for youths, button mashers, and anyone else who hates pressing letters on a screen.
Shown off this week at BlackBerry Live in Orlando, Floria, BlackBerry’s president Thorsten Heins took to the stage to announce the compact new handset that not only brings the latest generation of BlackBerry’s operating system, but will feature a tactile QWERTY keypad alongside a 3.1 inch touchscreen.
“The BlackBerry Q5 gives you the best of everything with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality and a physical QWERTY keyboard,” said Heins.
“It is for youthful fans that are passionate, confident and bold, and it makes it easy for them to have fun, create, share and stay connected.”
The third handset announced this year to feature the redeveloped version of BlackBerry OS, now called “BlackBerry 10,” the Q5 already looks like a slightly cut down version of the second handset BlackBerry announced, the Q10.
Specs that point out the differences haven’t yet been shown, but with a halved model number, we suspect the compromises come from a different screen technology, build materials, and possibly an omission of 4G, though this is all speculation.