New BlackBerry 9720 Brings QWERTY Keyboard, Old Design

By 07:03 Sat, 17 Jul 2021 Comments

Oh, BlackBerry! The company just announced the recent BlackBerry 9720, a BlackBerry Operating System (OS) 7.1 phone with a 2.8" HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) touchclassy screen and a hardware QWERTY keyboard. That's right, this isn't a Q5 alternative, just a leftover design (the Samoa that leaked a while back).

The phone is firmly low-discontinue and is running an Operating System (OS) that’s about as current as Windows Phone 7 or Symbian. That said, we have to admit there's a painful lack of phones with a hardware keyboard, especially when you consider that even the BlackBerry Q5, the current cheapest BlackBerry 10 handset, is pretty pricey.

Besides the keyboard there's only things like BBM that the 9720 has going for it. The 1,450mAh battery won't impress anyone with the 7 hours of talk time and the 800Mega Hertz (MHz) Central Processing Units (CPU) with 512Mega Bytes (MB) Random-Access Memory (RAM) seems outdated even before a 2011 model like the Brecent Touch 9900. Really now, that was two years ago to the month.

"It's perfect for customers upgrading from a feature phone or entry-level Android or Windows Phone device," says the press release and there's some truth to that - it would create a fine feature phone replacement.

The BlackBerry 9720 is targeted at emerging markets and will launch in select Asian, EMEA and Latin American markets, though there's no indication of price. It will come in five colors and there will be a number of accessories too. But is it the kind of launch we need to see from a company in trouble?




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