BlackBerry OS 6.0 Screenshots & Features (Engadget) – Will RIM Abandon Physical Keyboards?

I’m not a BlackBerry user. But, if you are, you probably want to check out the screenshots of its next generation release.

BlackBerry OS 6.0 screenshots, details!

Enhancements include:

– System wide scrolling and rubberbanding
– System wide multi-touch including pinch-to-zoom
– Improved user interface for the message inbox
– Home screen can be customized with pages that slide (like Android?)
– Modal pop-ups with gestures

With all this talk of multi-touch, pinch-to-zoom, and gestures, I wonder if RIM is going to abandon one of the things that made their devices famous: Great QWERTY thumb keyboards? I sure hope not. There’s still a place for and appreciation of physical thumb keyboards.