BlackBerry 9720 is the latest BB phone running BlackBerry 7 OS. It is a good upgrade to the BlackBerry Curve 7 with a more brilliant touch display and a better camera. BlackBerry 9720 also features a nice physical keyboard, giving you the modern touch and type experience.
Another BlackBerry 7 Phone
Although BB10 is here, BlackBerry has not been able to make them affordable enough for emerging markets like Nigeria; hence the company had to look towards the older BB7 when it wanted to build a cheaper smart phone. BlackBerry 9720 runs on BlackBerry 7.1 OS with an 806MHz processor with 512MB RAM.
BlackBerry 9720 features a large 2.8-inch touch display, which is same size as the once top in line BlackBerry Bold 9900. The two phones are also about the same size. So, in BlackBerry 9720 BB fans will be getting a decently sized touch display at a more affordable price.
BlackBerry 9720 is a good value smart phone and considering the specs advances, it is probably the best value BlackBerry smart phone for a long time. Assuming this phone performs smoothly it will do well in the marketplace. It may not be enough to save BlackBerry, but if BB continues to build phones like this (at even lower price points) that taps on its experience in emerging markets there may still be hope for the company.
Pricing & Availability
BlackBerry 9720 is on sale in the United Kingdom for 180 GBP. It is available in Nigeria. BlackBerry 9720 price in Nigeria ranges from N32,500 to N43,000.
Blackberry 9720 Specs
Here are a few specs of the BlackBerry 9720:
- Operating System: BlackBerry 7.1 OS
- Processor: 806 MHz Processor
- Separate GPU
- Dedicated BBM Key
- Micro SIM
- RAM: 512 MB RAM
- Weight: 120g
- Dimensions: 114 x 66 x 12 mm
- Colour: Black, White, Purple, Blue, Pink
- Display: 2.8-inch IPS Touch Display (480 x 360 pixels, 214ppi)
- Physical QWERTY Keyboard with optical trackpad
- 5MP Camera with Video, LED Flash, geo-tagging, image stabilisation
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
- Wi-Fi Hotspot
- 512 MB on-board memory, supports up to 32 GB cards Buy Memory card
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
- Built-in GPS /A-GPS
- Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
- Integrated speaker and microphone
- Integrated hands-free speakerphone
- 3.5mm audio support
- Trackpad navigation
- Video support: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3
- Audio format support: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMV
- 3G WCDMA/HSPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100MHz)
- Quad-band GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
- Stereo FM Radio
- 1450 mAH rechargeable battery
- Up to 432 hours standby time (3G)
- Up to 7 hours talk time (3G)