BlackBerry models due later this year will not have physical keyboards: RIM

TORONTO – BlackBerry enthusiasts who favour the device’s traditional physical keyboard will have to wait to get one on Research in Motion’s new smartphone models.

A spokeswoman for RIM (TSX:RIM) has confirmed to The Canadian Press that the first devices running the BlackBerry 10 operating system will have touch-screen keyboards — but not physical ones.

However, Rebecca Freiburger says that the new operating system “will be offered on products with physical keyboards in the future.”

RIM expects to introduce the new phones by the end of the year but no specific date has been announced.