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Hitting our shelves this July will be the third and latest of the new BlackBerry handsets which are powered by the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. The BlackBerry Q5 is aimed at the budget-conscious market and was unveiled in the United States earlier this week.

The Q5 handset, in common with the Q10, will feature a traditional QWERTY-style keyboard and will no doubt appeal to younger BlackBerry fans with a choice of handsets in 4 colours – black, white, pink and red.  Not only that, but they pink and red versions sport a glossy keyboard! The screen is a 3.1-inch LCD, and the Q5 comes with 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and runs off a decent Snapdragon 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

Design-wise the Q5 is light, weighing in at 120 grams, and slim with a width of just 10.8mm. Manufactured out of plastic, the keyboard is similar to the Q10 (bar that glossy finish on the red and pink handsets.) The screen resolution of 720ppi offers great clarity and vividness for a budget phone and the LCD screen should mean there’s less drain on the battery compared to BlackBerry’s Super AMOLED higher-end handsets.

For fans of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), the new BlackBerry 10 operating system has proved to be popular now it’s possible to have video conversations and share screens with your BBM friends. The Q5 will also feature Time Shift photo editing and Story Maker multimedia.

The Q5’s rear 5-megapixel camera has a built-in flash and has impressed us with it's sharp and colourful pictures. Like the Q10, the Q5 also boasts a 2-megapixel forward facing camera which is handy for BBM video-calling.

All in all, we’re expecting the Q5 to be a big hit especially with teenagers, bargain-hunters and businesses looking for a quality phone for their employees that doesn't cost the earth.  We're sure they'll get snapped up once they're available in the UK in a few months time.