RIM CEO: We're not ditching BlackBerry keyboards

Thorsten Heins, president and CEO of Research In Motion, the company that makes BlackBerry, delivers the keynote speech during the BlackBerry World conference on May 1, 2012, in Orlando Fla. AP Photo/Reinhold Matay

Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins
AP Photo/Reinhold Matay
(CBS/AP) TORONTO — Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) says it will continue to offer physical keyboards on future BlackBerry models.

New CEO Thorsten Heins says the new line of smartphones due for release later this year will include both touchscreens and keypads.

A RIM spokeswoman also confirms that the new BlackBerry 10 operating system will include new phones with physical keyboards.

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Heins was speaking to reporters in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday.

Heins unveiled a prototype touchscreen BlackBerry on Tuesday.

Some reports suggested RIM would ditch the physical keys that are favored by its users, but Heins says RIM won't lose the focus on physical keypads and says it would be wrong to do that.

Touchscreen BlackBerrys without physical keyboards have largely flopped.

RIM's stock is down nearly 5 percent in afternoon trading.

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