RIM to forego the keyboard with BlackBerry 10

Summary:RIM is dropping the keyboard from BlackBerry 10, at least at first.

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The BlackBerry with the famous physical keyboard will be nowhere near BlackBerry 10, at least at first. RIM has confirmed to the Seattle Times that the first handsets to appear late this year with BlackBerry 10 inside will not have keyboards.

The first BlackBerry 10 phones will feature touch screens with virtual keyboards only. There will be handsets with physical keyboards following the first effort, but no word when those might appear.

BlackBerry 10 is the next major version of the operating system from RIM that the company hopes will bring it into the modern age. Demonstrations of the next version given earlier this year show that BlackBerry 10 shows real promise.

RIM is in desperate straits and is betting the farm on BlackBerry 10 to level things off and bring it into the future. The decision to go virtual keyboard first may impede that leveling as many corporate BlackBerry users do so for the outstanding physical keyboards on most of RIM's handsets. BlackBerrys with virtual keyboards haven't done well in the past and obviously RIM is hoping BlackBerry 10 will spell the difference.

Topics: Mobile OS, BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobility, Security


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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