The BlackBerry Q5 is the second BlackBerry 10 smartphone to feature a full Qwerty keyboard. While BlackBerry claims the device is designed to appeal to a wider, younger demographic, it's been quick to add it can still be used as a serious business phone, featuring the Canadian firm's Balance service.
Balance is a useful feature designed to make BlackBerry 10 handsets suited for the bring your own device (BYOD) movement. Balance lets you create separate work and personal spaces on any Q5 connected to a BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) network. The service creates a separate area for work that offers a host of special features, including 256-BIT AES encryption for information stored in the space.
It also offers administrators separate device management options, meaning that where they may have permissions to remote wipe or lock information in the work area, they will not have such powers over the user's personal space.
Despite being cheaper than its more expensive sibling, the BlackBerry Q10, business users will still have to pay for the feature, while the Q5 itself will cost a moderate £360 SIM-free and roughly £20 per month on contract.
This puts it in competition with several other business-focused mid-tier smartphones, like the Nokia Lumia 720 Windows Phone. Check back with V3 later for a full written review of the BlackBerry Q5.