BlackBerry Q5 launch window for South Africa

The BlackBerry Q5, a lower cost smartphone from BlackBerry running their new BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system, is expected to be sold locally by Cell C and Vodacom.

“We do have plans to stock the BlackBerry Q5 but it’s too early to confirm any details,” Vodacom told MyBroadband when asked about their plans for the device.

Cell C offered slightly firmer plans, with the spokesperson saying that they expect the BlackBerry Q5 to be available on their network from early Q3 (July – September) 2013.

“Pricing and deals will be announced closer to the launch date,” Cell C said.

An official specification sheet for the BlackBerry Q5 does not appear to be available, so the specs below come from reports following the BlackBerry Live conference that was recently held in Orlando:

Specifications BlackBerry Q5 (reported)
Dimensions 120 x 66 x 10.8 mm
Weight 120g
Operating system BlackBerry 10
Display 3.1″ 720×720 IPS
Rear camera 5MP
Front camera 2MP
Storage, internal 8GB
Storage, expandable microSD
RAM 2GB
Processor 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
Cellular data HSPA, LTE
NFC Yes

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BlackBerry Q5 launch window for South Africa