By Andy Sambidge
Research in Motion says new smartphone will be launched at opening on Dubai store
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion on Wednesday said its new Q5 smartphone model will be launched in Dubai ahead of going on sale globally.
The launch of the Q5 will take place at the opening of the first BlackBerry Retail Concept Store, which will open on Thursday at 5pm local time and is part of Canada-based RIM's plans to offset falling US sales.
A limited number of the Q5 smartphones will be exclusively available for early sale at the store, RIM said in a statement.
"Customers will also have the opportunity to pre-order the smartphone at the store, which will be widely available next month from authorised carriers and retailers in the UAE and across the Middle East," it said.
The new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1 inch touchscreen and is available in red, white and black.
The BlackBerry Q5 comes with the BlackBerry 10.1 software, it added.
The new BlackBerry store will feature the first one-hour repair or replace service in the Middle East.
Located on level two of the Dubai Mall, the BlackBerry store will provide shoppers a chance to experience the latest models through live demos, as well as to pre-register for upcoming smartphones.
Last year, a senior RIM executive said stores with local partner Axiom Telecom are planned across the region.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Arabian Business Journalist and Editor. Your newspaper reported that RIM is no longer called RIM and had been changed to Blackberry yet here in this article and others you still use RIM. Maybe you were in a rush meeting deadlines or an honest oversight from your end... Just an FYI from a daily loyal reader
Is still called RIM? I am confused!!
Either way, they are still not quite competing with the best:
iPhone trumps it in many ways, and it's close to being a year old!!