BlackBerry’s surprising move to take a step backwards and release a BlackBerry 7 OS device was made official earlier today when the company announced the new BlackBerry 9720.
As expected, the 9720 is equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard (including the old dedicated BBM button) and runs the company’s last-gen operating system, BlackBerry OS version 7.1. It also sports a 2.8-inch, 480 x 360 display and is powered by a modest 806 MHz Tavor MG1 processor. There isn’t a whole lot of onboard storage out of the box — ony 512 MB — but it is expandable via microSD up to 32 GB. Other specs include a trackpad and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, but no front-facing camera.
The phone is currently scheduled for a release in the United States; rather, it’s intended for developing markets (not unlike the company’s Q5) and will be released in the coming weeks in certain markets across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. BlackBerry has yet to reveal the device’s price point but considering its target demographic and modest specs, the 9720 should be very affordable.