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BlackBerry 9720 leaks overseas, a BB7-based QWERTY handset probably aimed at emerging markets

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BlackBerry 9720 leaks overseas, a BB7-based QWERTY handset probably aimed at emerging markets
Images of BlackBerry's newest BB7-based device, the 9720, have just been leaked by ThaiBBClub and received an immediate grubbing with some photos to show for it.

As to what exactly the thinking behind this new device is, we're quite unsure. If anything, this move seems particularly odd, considering BlackBerry has already outed the budget-unfriendly Q5 in some parts of the globe, a device that also retains much of the hallmark design and more importantly – is based on the newer BB10. If anything, we would've expected something along the lines of a decidedly low-end, BB10-based device and not yet another QWERTY handset running on the largely obsolete BB7.

Regardless, for the more curious of you, head for the gallery and take a peak.

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posted on 08 Jul 2013, 10:16 6

1. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


He's still alive, folks! The BB7 is still alive!

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 12:03

7. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Unfortunately the company doesn't

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 12:04 1

8. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


*isnt alive

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 10:32 1

2. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Lol, each time I see the BB logo here I get a bit of hope that BBM for Android is here then I read the title and its just more news of BB themselves, argh!

Anyway, interesting that they may have this BB7 phone in the pipeline, maybe this is a very early prototype? Oooor BB10 requires more expensive HW and in order to make very low end phones BB were forced to go back to BB7? I think the latter maybe the case, low end HW probably can't drive BB10.

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 11:12 1

3. trickster_qc (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


BB still sells more BB7 handsets then BB10 handsets.

what a fail.

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 11:19 2

4. PK1983 (Posts: 172; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


In what universe is the Q5 somewhat budget friendly?
The thing is like $500 unlocked and looks like a Q10 hit with
an ugly stick. The 9720 unless it is priced around $150-$200 off contract
is a waste of development dollars. Just unload the remaining 7.0 and 7.1 os phones at rock bottom prices as no one is going to pay top dollar for a 2 year old os that looked old when it debuted and hardware that was outdated 3 years ago.

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 12:03 1

6. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


If a "low-end" phone is priced at $500, what on earth would the high-end ones be priced at?

BlackBerry's logic :

Low-end = $500
Mid-end = $700
High-end = $

mind = blown

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 16:02 1

12. PK1983 (Posts: 172; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Blackberry logic = Let's release our flagship device with 1 year old specs, charge more for it than the "comparable" Android or iOS device, and then instead of releasing better product (with the exception of the Q10 which I like) let's release more low end over priced stuff, because there are so many people that want our product. Oh "developing markets" means poor people, and poor people need a business phone not one that is cheap, sturdy, and has good entertainment options.

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 11:56 1

5. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Does anyone here still interested?

Is this a kids' toy? Bb you really have to hire a new designer

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 13:15

9. Cyberchum (Posts: 269; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I saw fake.

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 13:15

10. Cyberchum (Posts: 269; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I say fake.

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 14:07

11. FlushGordon (unregistered)


A classic design from a dying company, and when "cheap" isn't exactly cheap

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 22:13

13. Rager722 (Posts: 137; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


I owned a Blackberry 9790, this is called "9720" proof it's fake because BB never goes backwards in numbers for there phone names

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