You wouldn’t believe the debate we had in the office when we saw BlackBerry bring back the physical keyboard on an Android smartphone. On one side it was “why would you ever need a physical keyboard?” while the other was “omg you can’t beat a physical keyboard”.
It went on for hours but I think we settled on the fact that there were pros and cons for each. I was a little on the fence because I’m usually someone who prefers tactility over the absence of one. Then, I got to spend a good chunk of time typing on the BlackBerry KEY2 during the launch event and what I discovered was: The physical keyboard should have stayed dead.
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UPDATE: BlackBerry KEY2 has been officially launched! Details here.
For those who enjoy typing on a physical keyboard, the latest Blackberry KEY2 is launching in Malaysia today. For those who are eager to get this productivity tool, the official Malaysian pricing has been revealed ahead of the event.
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If you’re just so done with 2018 smartphones that have no bezels, no fingerprint scanners and no physical keyboards, there is good news. You won’t have to conform to the 2018 bezelless fad for much longer because the world’s last proponent of smartphone keyboards with buttons you actually need to exert effort to depress will be launching their latest flagship in Malaysia soon.
Yes, that’s right. The BlackBerry KEY2 will be launched locally, next week.
It has been confirmed that the new BlackBerry smartphone will be called BlackBerry KEY2. And we know this because BlackBerry Mobile themselves tweeted it. But that’s not all, we also know when this phone will launch.
BlackBerry as a smartphone brand is still alive and kicking with TCL taking charge of the device business. After introducing the water-resistant BlackBerry Motion, a new BlackBerry device that will replace the QWERTY KEYone could be announced very soon. A couple of high-quality renders have appeared online which gives us a clear look at the new Android-powered Blackberry device that carries the codename Athena.
Our younger readers might not know this but before iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones became the staple, the smartphone market was once dominated by one name – BlackBerry. Back in the early 2000s, BlackBerry was the standard for mobile communications for business. BlackBerry devices like the Bold and Curve where the must have status symbols when you’re in the boardroom. Back then, if you wanted to be taken seriously in the workplace, you got to be seen with a BlackBerry.
Ok, the last line was an exaggeration but those who are familiar with BlackBerry will agree, like the personal computer, the internet and email, BlackBerry phones redefined how we worked. And today, with BlackBerry no longer making phones, you can argue that there is a hole where the brand used to occupy providing a reliable, secure and flexible business-friendly enterprise-level solution for mobile users.
It was supposed to end sooner, and it looks like WhatsApp is finally ending its support for legacy smartphones as we enter 2018. If you’re using a BlackBerry or Windows Phone from 3-5 years ago, your time is finally up in the next couple of days.
Following the release of the BlackBerry KEYone earlier this year, here comes a new model with the BlackBerry Motion. Essentially this is a full touch-screen version of the KEYone and it is also the first BlackBerry device that comes with water resistance.