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

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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13 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

7. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Unfortunately the company doesn't

8. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

*isnt alive

2. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

3. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

BB still sells more BB7 handsets then BB10 handsets. what a fail.

4. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 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prices as no one is going to pay top dollar for a 2 year old os that looked old when it debuted and hardware that was outdated 3 years ago.

6. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 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

12. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

5. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Does anyone here still interested? Is this a kids' toy? Bb you really have to hire a new designer

9. Cyberchum

Posts: 1033; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I saw fake.

10. Cyberchum

Posts: 1033; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I say fake.

11. FlushGordon unregistered

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

13. Rager722 unregistered

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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