The entry-level QWERTY handset will be available from all three telcos or at S$528 contract-free.

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First announced back in May, the BlackBerry Q5 has made its way to the sunny island state and is the latest handset to feature the BlackBerry 10 operating system. The latest addition to BlackBerry’s BB10 device lineup positions itself as an entry-level alternative to its Q10 sibling. Both handsets run the latest BlackBerry 10.1 OS and sport the iconic physical QWERTY keyboard with the Q5 having a full plastic build and a noticeably beefier physique compared to the Q10.

Specification-wise, the Q5 is nearly identical to the Q10 with a 3.1-inch 720 x 720 pixel resolution display, dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and LTE connectivity. The only differences are the 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and 8GB of internal storage instead of the 8 megapixel and 16GB options available on the Q10, minor compromises in my opinion. In terms of battery life, the Q5 is equipped with a 2180mAh battery that should get you through the day with no issues.

The BlackBerry Q5 will be available from all three local telcos or contract-free at S$528 from August 2.