BlackBerry has further confirmed that QWERTY keyboards are key to the company's future.

Vice president of global product management, Francois Mahieu, told Pocket-lint during Mobile World Congress in February that the manufacturer will return to what it is "good at", starting with the BlackBerry Q20 (Classic) later this year.

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Now CEO John Chen has revealed that there are three handsets in development that will feature BlackBerry's traditional keyboard designs.

"The focus is going to be very keyboard centric," he told Reuters in a recent interview.

As Mahieu told us before, these will also feature some of the hard keys that were absent on the Q10 and Q5 phones. We shall, therefore, see a return of "the hard keys, the trackpad and menu button that make a BlackBerry phone easier to use".

Chen also told Reteurs that BBM, the shining light in a poor year for the company in 2013, could make a transition to desktop PCs and Macs. "We are certainly going to take a very serious look at putting BBM on the desktop," he said.