The BlackBerry Q5 will debut ahead of schedule as the mobile phone arrives in a brand new company store in the United Arab Emirates.

It wasn't expected to arrive until July, but has made an early appearance to celebrate the grand opening of a BlackBerry store in Dubai. The QWERTY-toting handset has landed with a pricetag that stretches the concept of an "affordable" handset.

BlackBerry has marketed the Q5 as its budget-friendly smartphone, but it has emerged in Dubai costing AE$1,499, which is around £260.

However, strict currency conversions are never too reliable and it could be possible that by the time the Blackberry Q5 reaches the UK it will be a much lower price.

The 3.1-inch device sports a 720 x 720 LCD touchscreen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, five-megapixel camera and 4G LTE connectivity.

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