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BlackBerry Q5 to come with NFC option

The BlackBerry Q5 will be available in NFC and non-NFC versions

BlackBerry‘s new Q5 smartphone, a cut-down keyboard-equipped handset aimed at emerging markets and announced at the phone maker’s BlackBerry Live developer conference yesterday, will be available in versions with and without support for NFC.

The BlackBerry Q5 offers a 3.1-inch 720 by 720 pixel touchscreen as well as a 35-key backlit Qwerty keyboard. A 5MP rear camera captures 1080p video, and the handset boasts Bluetooth 4.0 and LTE connectivity. A dual core 1.2GHz processor powers the device, which runs the latest BlackBerry 10.1 operating system.

The device is NFC-enabled to support mobile payments and file exchange, says BlackBerry, before adding that “NFC is not available on some models.” Externally, the NFC version of the Q5 is slightly thicker than the non-NFC model at 10.8mm instead of 10.5mm.

The BlackBerry Q5 will be available from July 2013 in selected markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

• Find details of all current and upcoming NFC phones in our comprehensive NFC devices list.

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