While all major smartphone makers have flagship devices without a physical keyboard, BlackBerry still keeps it around. Earlier today at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, the company unveiled a handset that features an all-touch curved display and a slide-out keyboard. "What a Surprise! Ron just pulled out a dual-curved, all-touch display with a Keyboard - yes a slider device!" posted BlackBerry on Twitter.
There is no official press release regarding this device yet, but user feedback is definitely positive. "Passport Specs, Z30 screen and Torch Form Factor. Triple win in my book!" writes Twitter user Camiel Cornelissen, although no specs have been confirmed yet. An early comment by Savaș is straighforward and it surely describes the feeling more people had when seeing this device - "@BlackBerry shut up and take my money!! Finally, what I asked for!!!"
The launch date and other details about the phone are still unknown, so we should wait and see. What BlackBerry also needs to bring back with a modern smartphone is the horizontal sliding keyboard, as revealed by some commenters. We will get back to this topic as soon as more info shows up, so stay tuned.
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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.