BlackBerry launches the BlackBerry Q5, a cheaper version of the BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry Q5Yesterday, BlackBerry held its BlackBerry Live event in Orlando, and during a star-studded keynote presentation – brand ambassador Alicia Keys and Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton were both up on stage – a new BlackBerry smartphone was announced – The BlackBerry Q5.

As its name suggests, it’s another QWERTY keyboard-equipped device, that will cost slightly less than the recently released BlackBerry Q10. Despite the price being lowered, the Q5’s specification is very similar. The screen still measures 3.1-inches and has a 720 x 720 pixel resolution, but it’s now an LCD panel instead of the OLED screen fitted to the Q10.

Inside the phone, running the BlackBerry 10.1 operating system, is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM, plus 8GB worth of storage space. Luckily, as this is quite low, BlackBerry has fitted a microSD card slot to the phone. There is a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, as well as a video call lens above the screen, and the Q5 has a non-removable 2000mAh battery.

As the specification is close to the Q10’s, most of the savings have been made in the design, as the Q5 has a less stylish, entirely plastic body shell, and a less ergonomically styled keyboard. However, provided the price is competitive, none of this should matter.

The BlackBerry Q5 will go on sale in July, with Phones4U already confirming the device will be coming to the UK, although no networks have said they’ll be stocking the phone yet. Pricing is also a mystery, but is likely to be the most important feature of the device. Expect further news to come over the next few weeks.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars