Samsung has released a clip-on Qwerty keyboard for its new phones, provoking the scorn and nostalgia of the internet.
Phone companies have been gradually dropping hardware keyboards in favour of touchscreens. But the change isn’t appreciated by everyone — and unwillingness to switch over to the new technology kept BlackBerry popular for years.
Now, Samsung is trying to harvest some of that nostalgia for real keyboards, selling a block that slips onto the bottom of the phone and lets users type on real keys. The company had been rumoured to be planning such a product, and unveiled it alongside its new phones last night.
What year is it pic.twitter.com/0D9XEPYVbj— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) August 13, 2015
Apple trying to shape the future with putting just one port on its laptops. Samsung just bought back the physical keyboard. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Imthaz (@imthaz) August 13, 2015
The Samsung keyboard even got its own (mostly unfunny) parody account.
I'm the smartphone equivalent of crocs!— Note 5 Keyboard (@Note5KB) August 13, 2015
The release follows a similar attempt to bring back the hardware keyboard by Typo, a company backed by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest. That worked by connecting to the phone via Bluetooth, and clipping onto its bottom, extending the length of the phone downwards.
But Typo had to stop selling the keyboard following a patent dispute with BlackBerry.
Instead, the Samsung keyboard slots on top of the phone. The keys press down onto its screen, so that it doesn’t need to be paired with the phone or have power.
When the keyboard is finished with, it can be slotted onto the back of the phone in the same way.Reuse content