Previously, we proclaimed the new BlackBerry Q10 a pogi device, with the help of funnyman Ramon Bautista. However, as good as it is, there's one thing we don't particularly feel giddy about it: the SRP.
Sure, it's a sleek flagship device with impressive bells and whistles geeks would love to play with, but shelling out P31,990 for one is just too hard for our shallow and dirty pockets.
But what if you really want a Q10? Nganga na lang? Don't worry, fellas. BlackBerry listened to our budget pleas and came out with another device that's very similar to the Q10 inside and out, but with a much cheaper price tag. Check out the BlackBerry Q5 below.
A red BlackBerry, now that's something you don't see everyday
We told you it looks like the Q10. And it also boasts the same hardware found on its more expensive bro. We're talking about a dual-core processor, a healthy 2GB of RAM, a 3.1-inch touchscreen (720 x 720), full HD 1080p video recording, and a 2-megapixel camera. It also has NFC (near-field communication) that lets it function as a smart card for wireless transactions and BlackBerry 10 OS. All your usual wireless connectivity fixings (e.g. Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth) are part of the mix as well.
And, before we forget, just like the Q10, it has a full QWERTY keyboard making it easier for kitikitexters to, well, text.
But you'll miss out on...
The BlackBerry Q10. Now that's a handsome tech toy
Still, the Q10 has a few upgrades that make it more drool-worthy than the Q5. For one, it has double the internal storage at 16GB and a higher megapixel main camera (8MP vs. 5MP). We're also told that the Q5 doesn't have LTE connectivity unlike the Q10, so that means you'd have to make do with sometimes-slow-as-heck data and Wi-Fi connections.
All that for...
Overall, we still deem the Q5 a device capable of (almost) replicating the Q10 experience, minus the heart attack-inducing price tag. At P18,690, it's much more affordable, but still won't make it to our list of cheap-o smartphones. Then again, at least it's not something only the filthy rich (read: Napoles-level elites) can buy.
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