"In response to some recent press reports, I want to be clear that @BlackBerry users have nothing to fear — the keyboard is here to stay…” said Alex Thurber, BlackBerry’s Senior Vice President for Global Device Sales on Twitter.
BlackBerry set to fight it out with three Android phones this year
Yesterday, BlackBerry announced that it is bidding adieu to its iconic BlackBerry Classic phone, making it the last BlackBerry device to feature the iconic physical keyboard design. However, the company has also launched the Leap and the Priv which feature physical keyboards, a slide-out one in the latter.
In response to some recent press reports, I want to be clear that @BlackBerry users have nothing to fear -- the keyboard is here to stay...— Alex Thurber (@Alex_Thurber) July 6, 2016
In response to some recent press reports, I want to be clear that @BlackBerry users have nothing to fear -- the keyboard is here to stay...
As per a number of leaks and rumours, BlackBerry will launch three new Android phones later this year, one of which will feature a physical keyboard. Even though the Priv, with a revolutionary keyboard design, did not perform well in global markets, BlackBerry seems intent to retain its unique identity in the smartphone space despite warnings that the days of physical keyboards are well and truly over.
RIP BlackBerry Classic, gone never forgotten
The rumoured BlackBerry phone which will launch with a physical QWERTY keyboard later this year has been code-named 'Mercury' by the company. The Mercury's keyboard may not be a slide-out one and the display above the keyboard could be 4.5 inches tall. BlackBerry will load the Mercury with impressive specifications like a 3,400 mAh battery, 18-megapixel and 8-megapixel cameras, a Snapdragon 625 processor and 3GB of RAM. So if you would like to give the physical keyboard another try, you won't have to compromise on performance.
Back in November, leaked images of a phone named BlackBerry Vienna showed the phone featuring a physical keyboard, but unlike in the Priv, not a slide-out one. In April, the Ecumenical News reported that Vienna may sport the same features as the Priv as the company has been going through tough times financially and would not want to take a chance with the capabilities of the phone. However, IB Times UK speculated that Vienna may feature a 5-inch display about the physical keyboard and Android 5.1 Lollipop on-board and may cost between £400 and £500 when released. Whether the Mercury is another code-name for the Vienna is something we aren't sure of as yet.