Thorsten Heins, Chief Executive Officer of BlackBerry makers Research in Motion, was in Johannesburg last month to meet with mobile network operators and introduce them to the BlackBerry 10 devices that will be launched in the first quarter of 2013. In the only interview he gave in South Africa, he spoke frankly with MarkLives columnist and Gadget editor-in-chief Arthur Goldstuck (@art2gee) about the challenges facing RIM.
One of the biggest statements that came out of this interview, was from Thorston Heins announcing that there will be 3 Touch Screen and 3 QWERTY devices at launch.
At launch, there will be three full-screen devices with a virtual keyboard, and three devices with a physical QWERTY keyboard, but you will have the same BlackBerry 10 experience on all of these. – Thorston Heins, CEO RIM
This would strike us as March launch is certainly happening then, although there is still no official date by RIM.