New BlackBerry 9720 QWERTY phone announced

Blackberry 9720 phoneIf you’re missing the traditional BlackBerry devices, and don’t fancy upgrading to the new BlackBerry 10 operating system to get the BlackBerry Q10, then the brand new BlackBerry 9720 could be for you. It’s the latest smartphone to be announced by the company, and unlike their new phones, it runs the older BlackBerry OS 7.1 software.

Even though it’s the older option, BlackBerry OS 7.1 is still selling well, hence the announcement of the 9720. It’s a basic smartphone though, so don’t expect BlackBerry Z10-challenging specs. The screen measures 2.8-inches and has a 480 x 360 pixel resolution, and is set above a physical QWERTY keyboard.

One of the most popular features of any BlackBerry phone is BlackBerry Messenger, or BBM, and the 9720 has a dedicated button on the side of the device to provide quick access to all your contacts and conversations. On the back of the phone is a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash, while the processor inside is a basic 800Mhz chip. Other features include an FM radio, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1 and a microSD card slot.

An exact release date hasn’t been provided for the BlackBerry 9720, but according to the press release it’s coming in the next few weeks, and as the phone has a presence on the UK website, we’re sure it’ll go on sale here in the near future. When it does finally appear, we’re expecting a bargain basement price, given the specifications and the older operating system.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars