A RIM spokesperson has attracted headlines this week by confirming that the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, expected to launch later this year, won't have the one feature BlackBerry is arguably most famous for: a physical keyboard.
Big deal, right? Well yes and no. On one hand it could be a pointed statement that RIM is ready to turn the page and usher in a new era. On the other, it may just be the case that something had to be first.
Unsurprisingly, RIM itself – and BB-loving site CrackBerry – is on the side of the latter argument. In fact, they say it's been common knowledge that the first BB10 phone will be an all-touch affair since BlackBerry World last month.
This despite the issue getting widespread attention this week thanks to comments on the subject made by RIM spokeswoman Rebecca Freiburger.
In fact, it has also already been confirmed that the second handset on the new platform will have a physical keyboard.
To sum up, then, the first pair of BlackBerry 10 smartphones to hit the market will include an all-touch option, and a physical keyboard option. Not much of a story, is it?
So why are we even reporting it? Because the whole affair illustrates another point – that despite common sense dictating that BB10 has its work cut out to turn things around for RIM, the company remains a major player and the arrival of its next-gen OS is unquestionably a big deal, even if it's no longer fashionable to say it out loud.
Via Washington Post