BlackBerry unveils lower-cost smartphone

2013-05-14 18:22
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Orlando - BlackBerry has unveiled a lower-cost device that is designed for emerging markets.

CEO Thorsten Heins said on Tuesday that the Q5 device will be available this year.

It is BlackBerry's third smartphone to run the new BlackBerry 10 system.

It will have a physical keyboard.

Heins is speaking at the company's annual three-day conference in Orlando, Florida.

BlackBerry unveiled new, versatile BlackBerrys this year after delays allowed Apple and others to dominate.

The BlackBerry, pioneered in 1999, had been the dominant smartphone for on-the-go business people and consumers before the iPhone debuted in 2007, and showed that phones can handle much more than e-mail and calls.

The company faced numerous delays modernising its operating system.

BlackBerry continues to do well internationally.

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