BlackBerry has announced its newest handset, but this one will not be running BB1O. The BlackBerry 9720 will run on the BlackBerry 7 OS instead, and one of its ‘attractions’ is a dedicated BBM button that will take you straight to the app. Despite the fact that the Canadian company has released a few handsets that run its newest operating system, it has chosen to have the BlackBerry 9720 running its older platform. This decision beggars belief, considering how irrelevant that platform has become since the arrival of low-cost smartphones on Android and Windows Phone. With the advent of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) at workplaces, these new smartphones can also be used in a business setting, which used to be one of the key markets for BlackBerry.
To put it bluntly, the 9720 feels like it’s about four years late. The phone has a 2.8-inch touchscreen display that has resolution of 480×360 pixels. It will feature the BB QWERTY keyboard and trackpad. The BlackBerry 9720 will come with 512MB of internal storage, and you can expand its memory up to 32GB with a microSD card. As far as the imaging goes, BlackBerry 9720 comes with a modest 5-megapixel rear camera, but we don’t get a front-facing one.