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.