Blackberry unveiled its new slim and sleek low priced Q5 and has decided to offer its popular messenger service on other platforms like Android and Apple free of cost.
The latest version of the Blackberry is an attempt at regaining the market share, which Research In Motion, RIM, has been losing in the emerging market after the coming of Google and Apple devices.
There are more than 60 billion BBM users worldwide. The messenger service was once the only reason why people did not shift to other mobile platforms. But with the coming of rival messaging services Blackberry lost its market share as well as popularity, reports Fox News.
Low cost Q5 will be available in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia including Asia Pacific and Latin America. It will be the company's third smartphone to operate on the Blackberry 10 system.
The Q5 has a physical keyboard that differentiates it from the other Apple and Google smartphones. There are slight differences between the Q5 and the Q10 device.
Both have 2GB of RAM, but the Q5 has 8 GB of flash memory compared to 16GB of Q10. Both have 2 megapixel front facing camera but Q5 has 5 megapixel rear camera whereas Q10 has 8 megapixel which also records in high definition video. Q5 has a 3.1-inch LCD while Q10 has 3.1-inch LED.
RIM's Blackberry device was introduced in 1999 but fell out of market when iPhones were launched in 2007, which claimed that mobiles could do much more than just emails and calls.
The report added that despite falling out of market share the CEO of RIM Thorsten Heins believes that 'RIM is definitely in the race' and that he is confident in the future of Blackberry 10. (ANI)