BlackBerry has made yet another announcement that really makes us scratch our heads. The company recently announced the BlackBerry 9720 which runs BlackBerry 7.1, instead of its new touch-friendly BlackBerry 10 operating system. Sure, BlackBerry 7.1 is still popular around the globe where consumers carry older smartphones, but it’s not exactly a great strategy to get people into your new platform. No wonder the company is looking to a buyer to get things back on track.
The BlackBerry 9720 still offers a touch screen, though what you can do with it is severely limited without BlackBerry 10. Features include a 2.8-inch display with a 480 x 360-pixel resolution, 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, an FM radio and up to 7 hours of talk time. The highlight, of course, is its full QWERTY keyboard, though the BlackBerry Q5 and the BlackBerry Q10 also offer that, in addition to BlackBerry’s latest software.
The BlackBerry 9720 will launch soon in Asia, Latin America and EMEA, though the company didn’t disclose how much it will cost or what carriers it will be available from.