New BlackBerry 9720 gets official, won’t be launched in the US and Canada

BlackBerry has officially taken the wraps off of the 9720, its latest QWERTY-equipped smartphone that tries to keep the Curve spirit alive (although, of course, there’s no Curve branding).

The 9720 runs BlackBerry OS 7.1, and features: a 2.8 inch display with 480 x 360 pixels, HSPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, dedicated BBM key, 5MP rear camera, 806 MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, MicroSD card support, and a 1,450 mAh battery. The handset has five color versions: black, white, blue, pink, and purple.

BlackBerry says the 9720 will be released in the coming months in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. In other words, don’t expect to see it on sale in North America. Ever.

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You can see the new BlackBerry 9720 in the promo video embedded below:

“The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone gives you all the essentials of the BlackBerry smartphone experience to support a communications centric lifestyle. 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, as well as existing BlackBerry smartphone customers, that want a richer experience and jump up in style and performance,” said Carlo Chiarello, Executive Vice President for Products at BlackBerry.

The 9720 comes at a time when BlackBerry isn’t doing well at all. Just yesterday, the company issued a press release announcing the exploration of “strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment.” The alternatives could include “possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions”.

Author: Florin

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