BlackBerry 9720 smartphone will land in India and other Asian nations soon.
BlackBerry, which may look for a strategic partner to retain smartphone market share, did not share pricing details of the new smartphone on the BlackBerry 7 OS platform.
The new smartphone reflects demand for a cost effective phone from BlackBerry. The mobile industry was waiting for a budget smartphone on the BlackBerry 10 platform. The Indian telecom industry was not happy with the recent pricing on BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Q5 phones.
“It has the best keyboard and functionality for BBM, as well as an updated BlackBerry 7 OS that adds many enhancements. It’s perfect for customers upgrading from a feature phone or entry-level Android or Windows Phone device,” said Carlo Chiarello, executive vice president for Products at BlackBerry.
The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone features a spacious BlackBerry Keyboard with distinct keys for optimal typing, a 2.8-inch touchscreen and trackpad for navigation.
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.
The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone features a dedicated BBM key that makes it quick to access the popular mobile social network. It includes BBM Voice, which lets you chat over Wi-Fi for free.
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. FM was one of the demands of Indian phone users.
BlackBerry promises 7 hours of talk time and 18 days of stand by time with the 1450 mAH removable battery.
The new smartphone sports 5MP camera.
The 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 snap a picture and post it to multiple social networks all at the same time, right from the camera app.