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BlackBerry Kopi to launch as budget phone below BlackBerry Q5

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BlackBerry Kopi
BlackBerry Kopi

BlackBerry is reportedly launching several budget handsets, one of which is codenamed the BlackBerry Kopi.

Pictures of the BlackBerry Kopi smartphone have appeared online, showing a device that will launch with a lower price tag than the BlackBerry Q5.

The images come courtesy of sources speaking to BGR, who also suggest that despite its lower price, the Kopi will pack a faster processor than the BlackBerry Q5.

It will lack 4G LTE compatibility of high-end BlackBerry 10 handsets like the BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Z10 but will have a removable battery, which is a useful addition for business users.

From the pictures you can see the Kopi is very similar in design to the BlackBerry Q5 and Q10 with a combination touchscreen and full physical QWERTY keyboard.

BlackBerry Q5 Features

The BlackBerry Q5 was the third BlackBerry 10 OS handset to be formally unveiled, offering the BB10 experience on a mid-range smartphone.

However, priced at £349.98 SIM-free, the Q5 failed to offer enough features and functionality to live up to that rather sizeable cost.

It pakcs the same 3.1-inch 720p HD LCD touchscreen display and full QWERTY keyboard as the Q10, but only had a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU with 2GB of RAM. The 8GB of internal storage is bolstered by a microSD card slot.

Powered by a 2,100mAh lithium-ion battery, the BlackBerry Q5 has a 5-megapixel rear camera and another 2-megapixel front-facing snapper.

Available in red, white, black and pink, the BlackBerry Q5 runs the newest BlackBerry 10.1 OS, but definitely feels like the inferior version of the Q10, despite a relatively strong hardware set.

BlackBerry is struggling to break back into the increasingly competitive smartphone market, but it recently launched the 5-inch display wielding BlackBerry Z30 as its latest BB10 device.

Next, read our pick of the best mobile phones of 2013.
 

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