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BlackBerry claims the phone has a "stunning, youthful design" but for me the matte, almost unfinished, exterior of the Q5 does not make it an object of lust. It seems like a deliberately utilitarian handset, lacking even the modest styling of the Q10 — there are no blinged-up silver frets to separate the rows on the keyboard here.
(All images Steve Ranger/ZDNet).
The presence of Qwerty keyboard means the unapologetically boxy Q5 has a diminutive square 3.1-inch display, and thus spurns the trend of most smartphones towards ever-bigger screens (Samsung's Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch screen while the largest in the Galaxy Mega line has a whopping 6.3-inch display).
Meanwhile, the plastic shell marks it out as a mid-market rather than high-end device (no rubberised woven kevlar back here, unlike the Q10). As such, the device may appeal not to consumers, but to businesses looking to roll out a fleet of standard handsets across their workforce.
The Q5 is a quite a broad phone, lacking the rounded edges of the Q10. It measures 120mm by 66mm, and 10.8mm thick. It weighs in at 120g including the non-removable battery: lighter than the Q10, but slightly thicker.
The Qwerty keyboard means there's only room for a 3.1-inch touchcreen (720 x 720 resolution, at 329ppi). The handset runs BlackBerry's new 10.1 operating system, and includes the BlackBerry Link software for synchronising data.
It packs a dual core 1.2GHz, comes with 2GB RAM and 8GB Flash, but you can add up to 64GB of memory via the microSD memory card slot seen here (strangely the higher specced Q10 only goes up to 32GB), and includes a USB 2.0 port. BlackBerry also claims up to 12.5 hours talk time and 14 days standby time for the device when running on 3G, thanks to that smaller screen.