At the BlackBerry Live general address last night, CEO Thorsten Heins showed off the company’s new BlackBerry Q5 handset. Targeted at emerging markets and the young crowd, the Q5 looks like a humbler version of the high-end Q10, but don’t let that comparison fool you. The Q5 has quite a lot going for it in its own right.

Firstly, the Q5 will be running the latest BlackBerry 10.1 OS, which adds a host of features and improves on the revamped BB OS. In terms of processing power, the Q5 should be able to do most heavy lifting thanks to the 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor ticking inside. The 3.1-inch display has an excellent resolution of 720 x 720 pixels, which translates to around 328PPI in pixel density. In keeping with its mid-range position, BlackBerry Q5 gets a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing unit.

The battery inside is a non-removable 2100 mAh unit which should take you through more than a day given the non-demanding hardware. Internal memory is capped at 8GB, but there’s a microSD card slot to increase storage.

Publish date: July 16, 2013 12:58 pm| Modified date: January 7, 2014 11:52 am

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