BlackBerry 9720 tipped as upcoming BlackBerry 7 smartphoneAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
BlackBerry revealed during its recent fiscal Q1 2014 earnings call that it's planning to introduce a new BlackBerry 7-powered smartphone in the near future, but the company didn't offer up any details on exactly what the mystery device might be. It looks like we don't have to wait for an official announcement from the company formerly known as RIM, though, as some details of the upcoming BB7 handset have been revealed by a User Agent Profile (UAProf) that's been discovered on BlackBerry's website.
BlackBerry is focusing most of its efforts on BlackBerry 10 and devices like the Z10, Q10 and Q5, but the company recently said that it plans to continue pushing BlackBerry 7 in emerging markets. That's a purpose that this BlackBerry 9720 could serve, bringing a new BlackBerry smartphone that's likely to be pretty affordable to emerging markets where consumers may be interested in a BlackBerry device but are unable to afford the higher-specced and higher-priced BlackBerry 10 hardware. There's still no word on when or where this BlackBerry 9720 might hit store shelves, but at least now we've got an idea of what Thorsten and Co. have planned for their next BlackBerry 7 offering.