BlackBerry 9720 gets official, comes with 2.8-inch display BB7 and 5MP camera, to be available soon in Africa and Middle East

With current rumors pointing at a Blackberry sale off, this has not stopped the Canadian electronics company from launching new phones. The company has just officially announced the 9720, a BB7.1-equipped QWERTY smartphone with a 2.8-inch display — a new phone for those wanting an older BlackBerry experience.

As you can imagine, this is your typical BlackBerry device with a QWERTY physical keyboard and the beloved small  trackpad above the keyboard that is sorely missing on the newer Q10. Furthermore the device has a 5MP camera on the back, but no front-facing camera, sadly.

With a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480×360, the 9720 will have a resulting a pixel density of 214 pixels per inch. There’s also a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger button and the ability for simultaneous sharing to BBM, Facebook and Twitter.

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On the memory side, the 9720 only has 512MB of storage, but a microSD card slot can make room for up to 32GB more. This isn’t the most powerful phone on the market, because it runs a 806MHz Tavor MG1 processor, but the due to the fact that the OS isn’t that heavy, it will be able to keep up with the tasks thrown at it.

The handset will arrive in the coming weeks in select markets across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. The price of the 9720 isn’t yet known, but it should be fairly cheap, as it’s meant for our developing markets.