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No keyboard for first BlackBerry 10 phone

Updated 4 years ago

RIM’s physical keyboards have long been one of the best features of its BlackBerry devices, but apparently the company is going all-touchscreen with the first device featuring its BlackBerry 10 operating system. As reported by CBCNews, RIM spokeswoman Rebecca Freiburger said that the initial BlackBerry 10 smartphone will not feature a physical keyboard, although she added that there would be BlackBerry 10 devices with physical keyboards coming in the future. Of course we’ve known this for quite some time now, but this is the first time a RIM spokesperson has confirmed it.

In other BlackBerry 10 news, N4BB has received word that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone could hit the shelves as early as the first half of September. What’s more, N4BB has learned that the first full-keyboard BlackBerry 10 device is code-named “BlackBerry Nevada” and is in its “final production phase.” In other words, BlackBerry fans who are disappointed that the newest device won’t have a keyboard won’t have to wait too long to get their hands on a BlackBerry 10 phone with a full QWERTY keypad.

Read [CBCNews] Read [N4BB]

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.