‘QWERTY-typing for smaller world markets?’ That may have been BlackBerry’s initial plan for the mid-range Q5, but something along the way apparently influenced Thorsten Heins & co. to change their minds.
Yet to be made available with U.S. contracts (although at one point it was rumored to land on AT&T,) the Q5 has inconspicuously gone up for grabs through Best Buy. In an unlocked, SIM-free flavor, naturally. Unnatural however is the retailer’s asking price for the BlackBerry 10 OS-running device: $499.99.
Seriously, guys?!? You’re on the brink of bankruptcy, desperate to find a buyer and/or ditch the hardware making business for good and continue to scandalously overprice your gadgets? I mean, come on, 500 bucks can buy a wise tech-savvy guy or gal a still pretty awesome Samsung Galaxy S3.
And don’t even get me started on how cheap the Nexus 4 is while being much, much cooler than this retro-looking Q5 thing.
Then again, BlackBerry’s handheld does have an ace up its sleeve, namely the physical QWERTY keyboard, and who knows, maybe there are still folks willing to pay a premium just for added “productivity”.
In which case, it’s my civic duty to inform you the BlackBerry Q5 is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 2 GB RAM, also sporting a 3.1-inch 720 x 720 pix res touchscreen, 5 MP rear cam and 2,180 mAh battery. On the whole, that’s not an awful list of features, but it’s not worth $500 either. $400, tops. $350 would be an even fairer price point. Who’s with me?
<Source: Phone Dog>