BlackBerry Q5 – First Impressions

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BlackBerry Q5 is BlackBerry’s cheapest phone running on QNX 10.1 (BlackBerry 10). BlackBerry Q5 can be referred to as the cheaper version of BlackBerry Q10, which was heavily priced, with a price tag of Rs. 42,000. This, BlackBerry Q5 is much affordable and costs Rs. 25,000. It seems like BlackBerry wants to deliver its new OS BB10 to as many people around the world, hence coming up with this new smartphone. Here are the first impressions of the BlackBerry Q5 –

1. Design

Well, this new smartphone is back with the typical BlackBerry look, being distinct in the BlackBerry Z10. And this smartphone, seems to be a plastic toy phone, with all the premium materials being dropped in order to make it more affordable. The extra large logo of BlackBerry on the rear side of the device, makes it look odd. The matte finish on the back is good and doesn’t easily attract the finger prints, until your hands are oily.

BlackBerry Q5's overall look

BlackBerry Q5’s overall look

The side - Sim Card and Memory Card slot

The side – Sim Card and Memory Card slot

Backside of the BlackBerry Q5

Backside of the BlackBerry Q5


2. Keyboard

Wow! A complete transformation, yet again. A completely silent keyboard, similar to the BlackBerry Q10. But, the keys are separated apart from each other, which was not seen in BlackBerry Q10. The review unit we received has keys with a glossy finish, which adds up to the “toy-ish look”.

The BlackBerry Q5's Keyboard

The BlackBerry Q5’s Keyboard

3. Screen

The BlackBerry Q5 comes with a 3.1 inches IPS LCD touch screen panel which offers 720p. The screen seems to be too small, considering a touch screen phone as the keyboard takes away approximately half of the space, leaving the rest for the screen.

Screen and the Keys

Screen and the Keys

4. Camera

BlackBerry has never been kind to its users as far as camera is concerned. It sports a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. Moving on to the modes, it offers a great variety shooting modes including time shift.

Outdoor Photograph

Outdoor Photograph (Original –

Indoor Photograph

Indoor Photograph (Original –


5. Software and CPU

About the device

About the device

BlackBerry Q5 runs BB OS v10.1 which is the latest version of the BlackBerry Operating Systems. Talking about the CPU, it has a 1.2 GHz dual core processor with 2GB of RAM. Using the phone since two days, no lags at all. The performance is pretty smooth and the BlackBerry 10 seems to impress me, both visually and functionally. Read more about BB10

Well, this is not the complete review of the device, so we recommend to wait for the full-fledged review of the smartphone before making up your mind. Here are a few pros and cons you might want to know before buying the device.


  • Light weight
  • Silent and Distinct Keys
  • BlackBerry OS 10


  • Non-removable battery
  • Low resolution camera

Karan Uppal

Karan Uppal is the Editor-in-Chief for Virtuaniz. He is currently a bachelor student of Computer Science at Bangalore and is working with a few start-ups. Karan is a keen learner and loves to travel. He loves reviewing gadgets and claims them to hold an important part in his life. Follow him at @freezethinker to get his updates.

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