For those still who are upgrading their BlackBerry and want a tactile QWERTY keyboard, the company announced the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone. This old-school-style phone would have been fantastic circa 2006, but today is outshined by iPhone and Android touchscreen wannabes. However, Blackberry must believe their is worldwide demand for this type of cell phone, as the company aims to refresh a once compelling line. The 9720 features a spacious BlackBerry Keyboard with distinct keys for optimal typing, a 2.8-inch touchscreen and trackpad for easy navigation, offers generous battery life
“The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone gives you all the essentials of the BlackBerry smartphone experience to support a communications centric lifestyle. It has the best keyboard and functionality for BBM, as well as an updated BlackBerry 7 OS that adds many enhancements. It’s perfect for customers upgrading from a feature phone or entry-level Android or Windows Phone device, as well as existing BlackBerry smartphone customers, that want a richer experience and jump up in style and performance,” said Carlo Chiarello, Executive Vice President for Products at BlackBerry.
- BlackBerry 7 OS – The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone comes with BlackBerry 7 OS version 7.1, which features an updated interface that lets you swipe to unlock the phone or access the camera from the lock screen, as well as additional enhancements.
- BBM – The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone features a dedicated BBM key that makes it quick and convenient to access the globally popular mobile social network, and with its BlackBerry Keyboard, messaging your BBM friends is easy and accurate. It also includes BBM Voice, which lets you chat over Wi-Fi for free (requires both parties have BlackBerry 5 OS or higher). The latest version of BBM, which features BBM Channels, will also soon be available for download on the BlackBerry World storefront, letting you tune in and connect with the businesses, brands, celebrities and groups you are passionate about.
- Built-in FM Radio – With the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone you can listen to local FM stations, and automatically let your BBM friends know what station you’re currently listening to.
- Multicast to Make Yourself Heard in an Instant – The refreshed BlackBerry 7 OS lets you quickly type your message once and post it simultaneously and instantly to your friends on BBM, Twitter and Facebook. You can even snap a picture and post it to multiple social networks all at the same time, right from the camera app.
- Discover New Possibilities – With access to BlackBerry 7 apps and games on BlackBerry World, the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone can make you more productive and better informed, and keep you well connected and thoroughly entertained, while on the move.
- Smart for Business Too – With BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone offers superior business productivity features with market-leading mobile device management, application management and security, and is a very cost-effective solution for any organization.
Price and Availability
Beginning in the coming weeks, the new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone will be available in select markets from retailers and carriers in Asia, EMEA and Latin America. A variety of accessories from cases to carrying solutions, to chargers and audio peripherals, will also be available from select retailers.
|Processor||Marvel Tavor MG1 • 806Mhz|
|Dimensions||114 x 66.33 x 12.07mm|
|Radios||Quad-Band UMTS/HSPA 7.2/5.76 Mbps • Band 1,2,5/6,8
Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE • Band 2,3,5,8
|Display||2.8” • HVGA • 480 x 360 • 24-bit color • 214 PPI|
|Navigation||Touch Display + Trackpad + Navigation Keys + Keyboard|
|Camera||5 MP EDOF with Flash|
|Memory||512 MB RAM • 512MB eMMC • microSD up to 32 GB|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n • Mobile Hotspot b/g|
|GPS||Autonomous & A-GPS|
|Software||BlackBerry 7 OS v7.1|
|Connectivity||Micro USB 2.0 • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR|
|Video and Audio||H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, WMV 9 (VC-1)
AAC (AAC LC, AAC+, eAAC+), AMR (AMR, AMR-NB), FLAC, GSM6.10, MPEG (MPEG1,2,3), Ogg Vorbis, PCM (PCM, LPCM), WMA (WMA9, WMA10)
|Battery||1450 mAh (J-S1)|