BlackBerry Q5 release date and price: who’s on board?

BlackBerry Q5 release date and price: who's on board?

The BlackBerry Q5 is here, and about time too as the Canadian firm launches its first “affordable” (the final price remains to be seen) BlackBerry 10 device.

Unveiled at the annual BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando the BlackBerry Q5 was almost completely leaked under the moniker BlackBery R10, so its design and specs come as no surprise.

There’s a cheap plastic chassis, QWERTY-keyboard, 3.1-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 2MP front camera and 5MP rear facing snapper.

If those specs have whet your appetite then take a look below, as we’ve been around the town to find out who will be selling the BlackBerry Q5.

Phones4U

The first UK outfit to confirm it would be ranging the BlackBerry Q5 was Phones4U, storming out the gate a matter of minutes after Thorsten Heins announced the handset on stage in Orlando.

It hasn’t revealed which networks it will be offering the Q5 on, nor whether you’ll be able to pick it up SIM free, with a registration page all you have to go on for now.

Carphone Warehouse

Not wanting to be left behind Britain’s other major high-street phone retailer has also confirmed it will stock the BlackBerry Q5, and you can pre-register your interest on its website.

In terms of a release date Carphone says it expects the Q5 to arrive in June – although that date is subject to change.

O2

Bad news for anyone who’s on O2, as the bubbly network has confirmed to TechRadar that it won’t be stocking the BlackBerry Q5.

EE, Three and Vodafone

The other UK carriers are all staying quiet on the BlackBerry Q5 for now, telling TechRadar they were unable to comment on the handset at this time.

Rest assured we’re chasing them all, along with the likes of Tesco Mobile and TalkTalk, to bring you all the deals and availability.

Online retailers

The usually keen online retailers have been a little slower out of the blocks when it comes the BlackBerry Q5, with Expansys the only one of our usual haunts listing the QWERTY-keyboard toting handset on its site.

There’s no clues to the BlackBerry Q5 price or release date though, as the only option you have is to pre-order blind.

We’re keeping tabs on the likes of Unlocked-Mobiles and Clove and we’ll bring you news from them as soon as we get it.

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