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A BlackBerry 10 successor to Africa’s favourite smartphone, the Curve, was unveiled in Orlando yesterday. It’s called the Q5, and it’s built for the youth.

BlackBerry yesterday introduced the BlackBerry Q5, described as “a new youthful and fun BlackBerry 10 smartphone for selected markets””.

The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard with discrete keys in a “”youthful design that is confident, fun, and bold””.

Says BlacklBerry, “”Every feature, every part of the BlackBerry Q5 has been built to provide a fast, effortless experience that flows and moves with you to help you explore, create, and share while on the go.””

‚””BlackBerry is excited to bring a new BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5, to our customers in selected markets around world,‚”” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. ‚””The BlackBerry Q5 gives you the best of everything with its BlackBerry 10 functionality and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is for youthful fans that are passionate, confident and bold.‚””

As part of the BlackBerry 10 experience, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone continuously adapts to a user’s needs. Features and apps work together, allowing every move to flow into the next.

Highlights of the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone include, as provided by BlackBerry, include:

The evolution of the classic BlackBerry Keyboard

The BlackBerry Q5 features a classic BlackBerry Keyboard with discrete keys that has been re-engineered and elegantly designed to help you type fast, accurately and with the least amount of effort. Plus with Instant Action shortcuts you can type to perform tasks faster. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone gives you the best of both worlds a classic QWERTY keyboard for optimized communications and a 3.1‚”” touchscreen for all the rest.

Create the perfect shot with BlackBerry Time Shift mode and Story Maker

Create the picture perfect shot with BlackBerry Time Shift mode, then create and share your story, weaving together your photos, videos and music into a movie with BlackBerry Story Maker.

Share and be seen with BBM Video with Screen Share

Instantly switch your BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) chat to a BBM Video conversation and catch up face-to-face. You can even share your screen, whether it’s a photo, a page in the browser, an idea, or a view from your camera.

Stay close to what’s important to you with BlackBerry Hub

With BlackBerry Hub, all of your messages and social conversations are only one swipe away. There’s no need to stop what you’re doing. Simply peek into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere with a swipe to effortlessly flow in and out of your messages and conversations.

BlackBerry World delivers a rich, thriving app and content ecosystem

Discovering and sharing great apps and content is easier than ever with recommendations based on similar purchases, and access to more than 100,000 apps on the BlackBerry World storefront.

Pricing and Availability

The new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America, with expected availability beginning in July.

For more information BlackBerry 10, please visit www.blackberry.com/blackberry10

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