BlackBerry Goes Back to its Old Ways, Launches OS 7.1-powered BlackBerry 9720

BlackBerry 9720

The BlackBerry Z10, Q10, and to a lesser extent the Q5, may be the most exciting BlackBerry phones we’ve ever seen, but they’re not the company’s biggest sellers. No, that honour still remains with its older hardware running BlackBerry OS 7.1. It’s no surprise to see BlackBerry wants to keep these customers happy, and to do so it has launched the BlackBerry 9720, a slightly modernised version of the faithful BlackBerry Curve.

Like the Curve and the Bold, it’s a sleek handset, but instead of only being aimed at business folk, it comes in various bright colours such as pink and purple, making it ideal for fans of the BlackBerry Messenger service. On the subject of BBM, the 9720 has a dedicated key on the side of the handset to quickly open BBM.

The 9720′s specs are basic. It has a 2.8-inch screen with a 480×360 pixel resolution, an 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and a tiny 512MB of storage space. The phone does connect to 3G networks, and it has Wi-Fi onboard, neither of which were always fixtures on low-end Curve phones. Of course, the main attraction of the 9720 is the physical QWERTY keyboard.

BlackBerry hasn’t confirmed the price of the 9720 yet, but we’d be surprised if it turned out to be expensive. There haven’t been any firm announcements regarding its launch either, with the press release stating it will be arriving in the coming weeks. The phone has appeared on the BlackBerry UK website, so we’re expecting it to go on sale here in the near future.

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