RIM’s big BlackBerry 10 launch takes place on 30 January, and fresh off the back of news about the thousands of apps prepped for launch, we’ve got even more to get excited about: the Canadian company’s confirmed that a new BlackBerry with a traditional QWERTY keyboard will be on show too!
RIM has promised that die hard BlackBerry addicts will get BlackBerry 10 blowers with a tactile keyboard for blitzing out emails, but now we know when. In an interview with Vodafone Social, Bob El-Hawary, senior director of channel accounts at RIM, revealed the folks in Waterloo “will also be announcing a physical keyboard device”.
That’s good news for fans of the rock solid BlackBerry keyboard, as most of the leaks have centred on the touchscreen-only model expected to debut on the 30th, and RIM released two prototypes to developers before outing one with a keyboard. While we knew one was coming, we didn’t expect it quite so soon.
El-Hawary also goes on to promise that BlackBerry 10 phones will be on the “the leading edge of battery power” – great news if you’re sick and tired of your Android or iPhone tanking out at lunchtime from too much push email.
It looks like RIM’s comeback could come with a bang: let us know what you reckon in the comments below.