RIM has confirmed it will be releasing a BlackBerry 10 smartphone with a physical keyboard. Speaking at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, CEO Thorson Heins confirmed that ”it will be an option in the BB10 portfolio.’
RIM revealed more information about its forthcoming OS BlackBerry 10. One of the key features of the new operating system RIM was keen to show off was the new touchscreen keyboard. Although no comment was made about a physical keyboard, the fact it wasn’t mentioned led to speculation from some online websites that RIM would be ditching its trademark keyboard for BB10. But in fact Heins said: ”We only showed one element that the future BB10 portfolio would look like”
The confirmation is certainly great news for fans of RIM’s physical QWERTY keyboard, which is a feature no other manufacturer has managed to replicate quite so successfully. RIM is also one of the few smartphone manufactures to still produce mobile phones with physical QWERTY at the high end, with phones like the BlackBerry Bold 9900 so it’s not really a surprise to hear Heins said: ‘We don’t want to give this up.”
BlackBerry 10 is RIM’s forthcoming operating system which is due for release later this year on smartphones and tablets like the BlackBerry Playbook.