RIM plans to launch BlackBerry 10 on a touchscreen-only device.
RIM's physical QWERTY keypad and its email/BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) services are its two strongest assets that keep BlackBerry users coming back for more.
But forget about material buttons for now, because the first BlackBerry 10-powered phone to come out of RIM's locker won't have any, according to the Washington Post.
Next-generation OS, BB10, is considered to be RIM's make or break moment, following a terrible year, and RIM spokeswomen Rebecca Freiburger has said the debut device that sports the tech will be a touchscreen-only model.
The theory behind it makes sense, high-end Android and iOS touch-only devices are flying off of store shelves, so it will be interesting whether a supercharged offering from RIM will be able to repeat the success of its rivals.
It seems the BlackBerry maker sensed the initiative won't appeal to everyone though, and Freiburger added that BB10 devices with physical buttons will follow, but kept quiet on when any of the products will arrive.