BlackBerry Introduces BlackBerry Q5, a Low-Cost and "Fun" Phone for Emerging Markets

If it's something "youthful and fun" you're looking for, book a ticket to Cancun over Spring Break and you're sure to find plenty of both. Alternately, there's BlackBerry's new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone featuring a QWERTY keyboard with discrete keys in a "stunning youthful design that is confident, fun, and bold," according to Canadian handset maker. Yep, the marketing spin is in full effect on this one.

The BlackBerry Q5 isn't just designed for a young and wild users who aren't already enamored with Android or iOS, it's for emerging markets where taking a trip to a Spring Break destination may not be in the cards.

BlackBerry Q5

"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 cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality and a physical QWERTY keyboard. 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."

BlackBerry was a bit reserved when it came to revealing specs, though the company did confirm a 3.1-inch touchscreen display, full physical keybaord, and BB10 software.

The BlackBerry Q5 will be available in select markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America beginning in July. No word yet on price.