When the BlackBerry Q5, a scaled down QWERTY handset running on the manufacturer’s new BB 10 OS, was revealed, the company said the handset was aimed at emerging markets and made no mention of bringing it to the United States.
While that still might be the case, a recent FCC filing at least suggests that we should never say never. A device with the identifier RFS121LW, matching the appearance of the Q5 and compatible with AT&T’s 3G network, recently received the all-clear from the FCC. It’s possible that the compatibility is simply for a roaming application, so that devices sold outside of the US can work here. However, since the radio inside the device is compatible with AT&T’s network (850/1900 MHz) there is always the possibility that the device could see an official launch here in the US.
At this point, chances of the Q5 coming to the US are still slim at best. And even if BlackBerry does plan on bringing the Q5 to the United States, it will probably be a while before the device will hits shelves, what with the BlackBerry Q10 only just having touched down stateside.