In true CrackBerry fashion we're not one to miss a launch event so today I popped into Central London to a fairly low key event where BlackBerry officially presented the Q5 to members of the press. As you'll see from the photos above the location was decked out in a beautiful array of colors and there was Q5 branding all over the place.

Clearly the launch of the Q5 was not on the same scale as the Z10, but as a mid range BlackBerry smartphone I suspect it will do extremely well, particularly here in the UK. As well as getting a demonstration on stage of the Q5's key features there were devices on hand for the members of the press to get familiar with as well as a Q&A session which didn't enlighten me personally, but I'm sure that's just because I was the only one there from a dedicated BlackBerry website.

Although we have already told you that you can pick up the Q5 SIM free - it is yet to go on sale with any of the UK carriers. You won't have long to wait good folk of Great Britain as the Q5 will be hitting the shops next week - an exact date is yet to be confirmed and I expect this will be carrier dependent.

The highlight of the session for me was getting a Q5 to take away. You want my first impressions? Well, you will have to wait for that but fear not - we will have plenty of Q5 goodness on the site very soon.

Good job once again BlackBerry UK.