First BlackBerry 10 Phones to Feature Touch Screen Only

BlackBerry, once the king of smartphones, is widely known for its miniature keyboards.

But the first device to run on Research in Motion’s Blackberry 10 platform will be touch screen only, The Associated Press has reported.

Future devices reportedly will include physical keyboards, but the Canadian smartphone maker hasn’t disclosed a timeline.

“They are going to build a BlackBerry device with a keyboard, but it’s just going to take longer,” Jeffries analyst Peter Misek told the AP. “Maybe it will come a month or two after, but frankly it might be already too late.”

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM is banking on BlackBerry 10 to help make its brand relevant again in the U.S. smartphone market where the iPhone and other devices running Google’s Android operating system have devoured its North American market share. The first BB10 device is expected to be unveiled later this year.

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