BlackBerry recently announced the new “super social smartphone” called the BlackBerry 9720 which runs on the relatively old BlackBerry 7.1 OS and boasts a hardware QWERTY keyboard making it a 2.8-inch touch-and-type smartphone.

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There’s nothing really special on this smartphone, specs-wise, since it only and oddly packs outdated and very basic specs such as 512MB of RAM and internal storage (with microSD slot), a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1,450mAh battery with a promised 7-hour talk time.

According to their press release, “It’s perfect for customers upgrading from a feature phone or entry-level Android or Windows Phone device,”. Well, it would make a good feature phone replacement.

Here are the things you should expect from the BlackBerry 9720:

  • BlackBerry 7 OS – The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone comes with BlackBerry 7 OS version 7.1, which features an updated interface that lets you swipe to unlock the phone or access the camera from the lock screen, as well as additional enhancements.
  • BBM – The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone features a dedicated BBM key that makes it quick and convenient to access the globally popular mobile social network. It also includes BBM Voice, which lets you chat over Wi-Fi for free.
  • Built-in FM Radio – With the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone you can listen to local FM stations, and automatically let your BBM friends know what station you’re currently listening to.
  • Multicast to Make Yourself Heard in an Instant – The refreshed BlackBerry 7 OS lets you quickly type your message once and post it simultaneously and instantly to your friends on BBM, Twitter and Facebook. You can even snap a picture and post it to multiple social networks all at the same time, right from the camera app.
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server or Enterprise Server Express- The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone offers superior business productivity features with market-leading mobile device management, application management and security, and is a very cost-effective solution for any organization.

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Well, if not for the “emerging market”, BlackBerry ironically seems to moving backwards instead of living by their slogan “moving forward”.

The BlackBerry 9720 will be available in blue, pink, purple, white and black colors. Pricing and local availability is yet to be announced.

BlackBerry 9720 Specifications
BODY 114 x 66 x 12 mm (120 g)
DISPLAY 480 x 360 pixels, 2.8 inches (~214 ppi pixel density)
IPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Optical trackpad
MEMORY 512 MB internal storage
microSD, up to 32 GB
512 MB RAM
CONNECTIVITY HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; GPRS; EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP; microUSB v2.0
CAMERA 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, LED flash
Geo-tagging, image stabilization
VGA video recording
Secondary: No
FEATURES 806 MHz Tavor MG1 processor
BlackBerry OS 7.1
OTHER FEATURES Sensors: Proximity
Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser: HTML
Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support
Java: No
Others: BBM key, MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player, MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player, Organizer, Document viewer, Voice memo/dial, Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 1450 mAh battery
Stand-by: Up to 432 h
Talk time: Up to 7 h
Music Play: Up to 30 h
COLORS Black, White, Purple, Blue, Pure Pink
AVAILABILITY TBA (Philippines)
PRICE TBA (Philippines)

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