BlackBerry 9720 is official, runs on BlackBerry OS 7.1 and sports QWERTY keyboard
Here we thought time travel wasn’t invented yet, and BlackBerry has gone ahead and proven us wrong by announcing the BlackBerry 9720, a BlackBerry OS 7.1 phone with a hardware QWERTY keyboard.
The BlackBerry 9720 was revealed in leaked pictures before, but alas, anyone who had been wishing it would be nothing more than a bad dream is in for some major disappointment. You’ll get to enjoy the ancient OS on a small 2.8-inch screen with HVGA (360 x 480) resolution, with a 800MHz CPU and 512MB RAM taking care of the processing needs.
The camera is a 5-megapixel unit, connectivity is covered through Wi-Fi, HSPA 7.2mbps, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS radios, and the 1,450mAh battery is good for 7 hours of talk time and 18 days of standby. BlackBerry is looking to sell the 9720 to those upgrading from a feature phone or an entry-level Android or Windows Phone device, though I’m not sure who in their right minds would make that mistake in 2013, unless they want a QWERTY keyboard at an entry-level price no matter what.
The BlackBerry 9720 will launch in emerging markets in Asia, EMEA, and Latin America at an unknown price, in five colors and with a number of accessories. Again, why people would opt for this blast from the past in this day and age is a mystery the best sleuth wouldn’t be able to solve. Suddenly, one of the reasons BlackBerry may be looking to sell the company has become quite clear.