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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge may have optional physical keyboards

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge may have optional physical keyboards
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge may have optional physical keyboards
The Current Galaxy S6 Edge+ carries an optional keyboard accessory and this will apparently continue onto the next S7 generation.

SamMobile has received information from "reliable sources" that the alleged Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge will each have S View cover accessories that offer a tactile keyboard. The add-on works by physically covering a portion of the touchscreen with the QWERTY keys.

Physical keyboards for smartphones are no longer commonplace, but was recently brought back from the dead by the BlackBerry Priv slider smartphone. Apparently, Samsung has also been testing the waters to see if there is still consumer demand for physical keyboards. Sales of the current keyboard accessory for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ have reportedly been healthy enough that the manufacturer will now consider offering a similar solution for the upcoming Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Whether or not the optional keyboard cover will be exactly the same as the one for the S6 Edge+ remains unclear. Reviewers have found that the keyboard on the new Priv is on the small side for large hands and that it provides nothing truly special to convert touchscreen typists en masse.

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Die optionale Tastatur für das Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (Bild: Samsung)
Die optionale Tastatur für das Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (Bild: Samsung)

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Andreas Müller/ Allen Ngo, 2015-11-21 (Update: 2015-11-21)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.