BlackBerry Launches ‘Youthful’ New Smartphone… But Not for The U.S.

BlackBerry is testing what it calls a “youthful” new smartphone in selected markets… outside of the U.S.

This week, BlackBerry raised the curtain on the BlackBerry Q5, a new BlackBerry 10 smartphone featuring a QWERTY keyboard with discrete keys in a stunning youthful design that is “confident, fun, and bold.”

Every feature, every part of the BlackBerry Q5 has been built to provide a fast, effortless experience that flows and moves with you to help you explore, create, and share while on the go.

“BlackBerry is excited to bring a new BlackBerry QWERTY smartphone, the BlackBerry Q5, to our customers in selected markets around world,” says 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.”

For now, the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available only in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia (including the Asia Pacific region), and Latin America, with expected availability beginning in July.

BlackBerry’s goal? To secure a bigger market share in emerging mobile communities where Android and iOS are presently less formidable.